Team Members

Leadership

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Michael A. Knodler, Jr., Ph.D.

Director

Michael A. Knodler, Jr. Ph.D, is an associate professor in the Transportation Engineering Program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Chris Ahmadjian, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Chris is responsible for leading a diverse team of highly skilled in-house and affiliated professionals to create a dynamic environment of innovative thinking.

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Outreach & Training 

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Karen J. Dodge

Manager of Training & Outreach

Karen has a long history working in the public sector, beginning as a construction photographer for the State DPW in the 1980's.

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Cynthia Schaedig

Project Coordinator

Cindy Schaedig is a Program Coordinator with Baystate Roads. She has eight years of experience working in various positions within a city DPW.

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Brenda Codella

Project Coordinator

Brenda Codella is a Project Coordinator for the Transportation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Michael Smith

Technical Training Specialist

Michael Smith is the Technical Training Specialist from Baystate Roads. He was a Highway Superintendent for 20 years where he development and implemented modern road maintenance techniques.

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Research

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Melissa Paciulli

Manager of Research and Development

Melissa Paciulli is the Manager of Research and Development at the UMTC.

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Matt Mann

Project Coordinator

Matt Mann is the Research Coordinator at the UMTC.

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UMassSafe

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Robin Riessman

Associate Director, UMassSafe

Robin holds a master’s degree in public health and has worked in the field of highway safety for over 25 years.

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Jennifer Gazzillo

Project/Research Coordinator

Jenn is a self-proclaimed data geek and prides herself on being a quick learner and jack-of-all-trades.

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Finance & Administration

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Kristina Stetson

Administrative Manager

Kristina Stetson joined the UMass Transportation Center Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC) in 2001 as the project Business Manager.

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Kimberly Foster

Grants & Contracts Coordinator

Kimberly joined the UMass Transportation Center in February 2017 as the Grants & Contracts Coordinator.

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Michelle Farr

Accountant

Michelle has 24 years of bookkeeping experience.

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Kassandra Rounds

Administrative Assistant

Kassandra joined the UMass Transportation Center in January 2017 as an Administrative Assistant.

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Marketing & Communications

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Aldo Villani

Marketing and Communications Manager

With over 20 years of graphic design, web design and marketing experience, my goal is to increase the awareness and exposure of the UMass Transportation Center.

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Kathryn Donnelly

Media Relations Specialist

Kathryn Donnelly has been with the UMass Transportation Center since June 2014. Starting as a Workshop Coordinator under Baystate Roads, she transitioned to the Media Relations Specialist for the center in early 2016.

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Faculty

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Song Gao

Associate Professor

Dr. Gao has been an Associate Professor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since September 2013.

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Daiheng Ni

Associate Professor

Dr. Ni has been an Associate Professor for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2011.

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Eleni Christofa

Assistant Professor

I have research experience in traffic operations, management, and safety with a focus on multimodal transportation systems.

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Eric Gonzales

Assistant Professor

I have research experience in modeling urban street networks, and my interests are in the operation, management, design, and safety of large-scale multimodal transportation systems.

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John Collura

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Collura is the Director of the UMass Aviation Center and Professor Emeritus for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Paul Shuldiner

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Shuldiner is Professor Emeritus for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.