GTI/UTC and the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority (MARTA) are continuing the summer intern program, now in its fourth year. The program, designed to attract new talent to the transit industry, gives students the opportunity to work closely with MARTA staff on the real issues that transit agencies face today. The 2011 interns are:
Phillip Cherry is a second-year master's student in the Georgia Tech transportation program. Cherry is working on the Atlanta Streetcar Project designed to facilitate economic development and connect downtown tourist attractions. Cherry is a graduate research assistant at Georgia Tech and has completed internships with Kimley-Horn Associates and HNTB Corporation. Originally from Dallas, Cherry earned his bachelor's in civil engineering at Purdue University.
Matt Crane is a first-year master's student in Georgia Tech's civil engineering program, is also a part of the Atlanta Streetcar Project and may work on the 2012 transportation referendum later in the summer. A co-op student, Crane has interned with Lusk & Associates and Southern Company. He is an Eagle Scout and has received the Mundy and Toyota scholarships.
Chris Silveira is a second-year master's student at Georgia Tech, earning two MS degrees: City and Regional Planning,Transportation: and Civil Engineering, Transportation. Silveira is assigned to the Special Projects & Analysis division of the Office of Transit System Planning on bus stop management projects, and he also assists with GIS mapping and data analysis. He also expects to work on the Atlanta Streetcar Project. Silveira earned his bachelor's in history and geography at The College of William & Mary.
Jean-Pierre Bourget is a rising senior at the University of Georgia. He is majoring in sociology, but plans to go to graduate school to obtain a degree in urban planning. Bourget works with the office of Transit Oriented Development, which focuses on developing livable transit-oriented communities on properties owned by MARTA, including Lindberg Center Station, as well as the Clifton Corridor, and the 1-20 East project.
According to Dr. Michael Meyer, Director of the GTI/UTC, "our continuing partnership with MARTA represents a win-win situation for MARTA, the UTC and most importantly our students."
Current and previous students of this program include the following:
Patrick Bradshaw (Georgia State)
Carl Shapiro (Georgia State)
Jean-Pierre Bourget (University of Georgia)