Faculty & Staff


The online Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management features top-notch faculty whose knowledge and experience span the spectrum of this complex field. The faculty and instructors include experts in the fields of public health, security, public safety, emergency services, varied types of infrastructure systems, and planning and management. These diverse backgrounds ensure that the program remains dynamic and responsive to the ever-changing world in which we live, and that the curriculum is directly relevant to current challenges and professional opportunities.

Advising

Two faculty members serve as advisers to all students in the program, providing academic advising information about program requirements, the online learning environment, capstone project research and more. Although not career counselors, advisers can also help students connect with various career resources and develop strategies for finding and evaluating internships and job opportunities. Students will consult an adviser at least once each quarter.

Program Faculty

  • Janet Baseman

    Associate Professor, Epidemiology

    Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of Washington

    Janet Baseman is an associate professor of epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health. For more than a decade, she has focused on addressing the need for complete, accurate and easily accessible health information among frontline public health practitioners, first responders and local health officials. As a member of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice epidemiology team, she has designed competency-based epidemiology training materials covering topics including the conduct of outbreak investigations, study design, data analysis and program evaluation. More recently, Baseman has designed and developed online epidemiology trainings in areas such as public health surveillance and infectious disease epidemiology and is especially interested in collaborating with emergency preparedness workers in King County.

    jbaseman@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-1065

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  • Branden Born

    Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Branden Born is an associate professor in the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning. His primary areas of research involve the planning process, policy and decision making, land use and social justice. Specifically, he studies the differential impacts of land use and social policy decisions on population subsets. He has worked on examining the Growth Management Act and its effects on urban density and has also explored food systems in applied and theoretical contexts. Born is a member of the Regional Food Policy Council of the Puget Sound Regional Council and is a founding member of the Washington State Food System Roundtable. Born is also co-director of the University of Washington Livable City Year program, a community engagement effort that pairs the university and a designated community to work on projects that serve the broad concepts of liability and sustainability.

    bborn@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-4975

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  • Marty Curry

    Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Master of Urban Planning, University of Washington

    Marty Curry is an affiliate instructor with the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning, teaching in the Community, Environment & Planning and the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management programs. She also serves as one of two faculty advisors for students in the MIPM program. Her research interests include collaborative planning models with a focus on citizen engagement, and sustainable planning policies and practices, particularly in infrastructure systems planning. Curry has over 30 years of urban planning experience working on policy planning and development, research and evaluation, public involvement and education. Before coming to the UW, she served as the executive director of the Seattle Planning Commission for 12 years, advising elected officials and planning administrators on major planning policies and projects. She has also worked as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, public agencies and community groups.

    currym2@uw.edu | Phone: 206-525-0465

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  • Barbara Endicott-Popovsky

    Executive Director, Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity

    Affiliate Professor, Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management

    Affiliate Professor, Computer Science & Systems, UW Bothell

    M.S., Information Systems Engineering, Seattle Pacific University

    MBA, University of Washington

    Ph.D. in Computer Science/Computer Security, University of Idaho

    Barbara Endicott-Popovsky an affiliate professor in the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program. She serves as executive director of the Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity at the University of Washington, which is designated by the National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. The center is headquartered at UW Bothell. Her research interests include enterprise-wide information systems security and compliance management, forensic readiness, cybersecurity education and secure coding practices. Prior to her academic career, Endicott-Popovsky spent two decades in industry as an executive and consultant on IT architecture and project management. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists and a department fellow at Aberystwyth University in Wales.

    endicott@uw.edu | Phone: 206-240-0345

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  • Bob Freitag

    Senior Instructor and Co-Director, Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research

    Master of Urban Planning, University of Washington

    Bob Freitag is a senior instructor and co-director of the interdisciplinary Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research, housed in the Department of Urban Design and Planning within the UW College of Built Environments. He is the past executive director of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup and a past member of the board of directors of the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Freitag is also a certified floodplain manager. Before coming to the university, he had a 25-year career with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, serving as federal coordinating officer and public assistance, mitigation and education officer. Prior to his role at FEMA, he was employed by several private architectural and engineering consultant firms in Hawaii and Australia and taught science as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.

    bfreitag@uw.edu | Phone: 206-818-1175

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  • Himanshu Grover

    Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Co-Director, Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research

    Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Sciences, Texas A& M University

    Himanshu Grover is an assistant professor in the UW Department of Urban Planning and Design and co-director of the departmentís interdisciplinary Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research, housed within the UW College of Built Environments. His research looks at the intersection of land use planning, community resilience and climate change; examines inter-linkages between physical development, socio-economic concerns and the natural environment; and explores planning for development of safe, equitable, and sustainable communities. Grover has been a practicing planner for more than a decade and is a certified planner in India (ITPI) and in United States (AICP). He is also a fellow with the Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards & Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program (Round 4).

    groverh@uw.edu | Phone: 979-204-9180

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  • John Kobayashi

    Clinical Associate Instructor, Department of Epidemiology

    M.D., Stanford University

    MPH., Harvard University

    John Kobayashi is a retired clinical associate professor of epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health. His research interests include field epidemiology, acute infectious diseases, workforce development and distance learning. Before coming to the UW, he spent nearly two decades as the state epidemiologist for communicable diseases at the Washington State Department of Health investigating multi-state foodborne outbreaks. He also worked for seven years as a foreign consultant in field epidemiology for Japan's National Institute for Infectious Diseases, and has worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    johnk@uw.edu | Phone: 206-522-4328

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  • Andy Markos

    Affiliate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Manager, Land Planning Department, Puget Sound Energy

    M.S. in Geology, University of Nevada, Reno

    Andy Markos is an affiliate professor in the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning. His areas of expertise include the examination of critical energy infrastructure systems through evaluation of energy resources, production and delivery from a local, national and global perspective. At Puget Sound Energy he is responsible for the land use and environmental permitting of major capital facilities. He also works with local, state and federal agencies as they update codes and regulations with a focus on energy and utility infrastructure. Prior to this work, he served as a project manager responsible for investigation and remediation of contaminated sites and as a geologist in the petroleum and precious metals industries.

    markoa@uw.edu | Phone: 253-476-6295

  • Edward McCormack

    Research Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Washington

    Ph.D. in Geography, University of Washington

    Edward McCormack is a research associate professor in the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests include the use of technology to support transportation mobility, the relationship between land use and transportation, and freight transportation. McCormack has led efforts for both the Norwegian government and Washington state to use transportation data from technology devices (GPS and Bluetooth) to support performance measures programs. He has participated in a number of National Academy of Engineering projects, including developing guidebooks to identify and mitigate truck bottlenecks and to incorporate smart growth principles in forecasting tools. McCormack has also managed a number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection studies to test the technology that secures and facilitates truck flows along roadways and through border crossings and seaports. His previous work experience includes positions as a chief engineer for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, a regional transportation planner and a consultant on transportation-land use studies and forecasting models.

    edm@uw.edu | Phone: 206-543-3348

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  • Scott Preston

    Affiliate Lecturer, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Business Continuity Program Manager, MultiCare Health System

    M.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management, American Military University

    Scott Preston is a career business continuity professional and guest lecturer in the Department of Urban Design and Planning. He serves as the Business Continuity Program Manager for MultiCare Health System. He formerly worked as an emergency manager with the UW Department of Emergency Management, serving as the university's business continuity manager and primary duty officer. Preston has worked in the field of emergency management for more than a decade and holds professional accreditation as a Certified Emergency Manager, a Certified Business Continuity Professional and a Master Exercise Practitioner. He is a graduate of the FEMA/EMI National Emergency Management Advanced Academy.

    scottpre@mail.com | Phone: 206-897-1882

  • Mary Roderick

    Instructor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    M.A. in Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati

    Mary Roderick is an instructor and doctoral candidate in the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in urban design and planning at the University of Washington. Her research is focused on geodesign-based, multi-scalar and multi-functional green infrastructure planning. While at the UW, she has also contributed to planning and design for the Duwamish River Superfund site cleanup and the Seattle waterfront and seawall redesign, emphasizing stormwater management and aquatic system dynamics in both cases.

    roderimj@uw.edu | Phone: 425-442-0385

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  • Jill Sterrett

    Affiliate Lecturer, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Southern California

    M.A. in Sociology, Ball State University

    Jill Sterrett is an affiliate lecturer in the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning and serves as one of two faculty advisors for students in the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program. She is a certified urban planner with more than 30 years of experience in consulting for federal, state and local jurisdictions. Prior to her role at the UW, Sterrett spent 10 ten years of experience as the director of the Seattle office of an international urban planning and landscape architecture consulting firm. Sterrett also served as president of the Washington chapter of the American Planning Association and as co-chair of the association's Climate and Sustainability Initiative.

    sterrj@uw.edu | Phone: 206-819-6062

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  • Kelly Stone

    Affiliate Lecturer, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    M.S. in Geology, Michigan Technological University

    M.S. in Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Kelly Stone is an affiliate lecturer in the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning and a risk analyst with FEMA Region 10. Stone works with tribal, state and local governments within Washington and Idaho on RiskMAP projects, including flood studies and multi-hazard risk assessments. She also serves as the Northwest HAZUS user group leader, which focuses on using risk assessments for all hazards within Region 10. She has worked in GIS for over 17 years and is a GIS Professional as well as HAZUS practitioner.

    stone7@uw.edu | Phone: 208-576-4593

  • Andy Swayne

    Affiliate Instructor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Land Planner and Municipal Liaison Manager, Puget Sound Energy

    Master of Urban Planning, University of Washington

    Andy Swayne is an affiliate instructor in the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning. He has worked in various roles at Puget Sound Energy since 1991, primarily as a liaison with municipal jurisdictions concerning utility long-range planning, project development, local regulatory policy and operational coordination.

    andy.swayne@pse.com | Phone: 206-604-5943

  • Jan Whittington

    Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning

    Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

    Jan Whittington is an assistant professor in the UW Department of Urban Design and Planning. Her research focuses on using transaction cost economics to evaluate the approaches and outcomes of infrastructure investments, with an emphasis on reducing costs while ensuring the capacity of these systems to meet the demands generated by our ever-expanding population. Prior to her academic career, Whittington spent a decade with the Bechtel Corporation as a strategic planner and environmental scientist.

    janwhit@uw.edu | Phone: 206-221-6298

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