Carlee Benhart Kukula
Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow, 2019 – 2021
Carlee developed an interest in smart transportation, urban infrastructure, and transportation equity during her time studying Regional Planning at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While pursuing her degree, she undertook internships with the Indiana County (PA) Office of Planning and Development where she worked as the Indiana County WalkWorks community liaison to address the challenges of introducing alternative transportation infrastructure, and with Quaker Valley Council of Governments in Allegheny County, where she served as manager of an pilot online geographic information systems implementation for the rollout of a new municipal property and structure condition assessment. After graduating, Carlee maintained her professional relationship with the Quaker Valley Council of Governments to work on the Route 65 Corridor Study Multi-Municipal Project as a research intern.
She incorporated a synthesis of technical and social science methods in her learning to improve the equity of all types of mobility. Carlee plans to use her degree to improve the accessibility and integration of a spectrum of transportation modes with humans and the built environment. She appreciated the opportunity to hone her knowledge and skills in Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College Public Policy and Management program, and as a Traffic21 Women in Transportation Fellow.