Faculty & Advising
The online Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management features top-notch faculty whose knowledge and experience span the spectrum of this complex field. Our instructors include experts in the fields of urban planning, strategic planning, public health, business continuity, emergency services, infrastructure finance and varied types of infrastructure systems. 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 relevant to managing current infrastructure sector challenges.
Two faculty members serve as advisers to all students in the program, providing 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 capstones and job opportunities.
All new students go through a new student onboarding program, which includes a phone call with their adviser. After the first quarter, you may request access to an adviser on a quarterly basis.
Wendy Freitag — Program Director
Wendy Freitag is the director of the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Urban Design & Planning. She brings over 25 years of private/public and nonprofit leadership experience in emergency management, business continuity, crisis management and global physical security, working on diverse projects on four continents. During her tenure with FEMA, Washington Mutual and Microsoft, she gained valuable operational response expertise in events such as 9/11, the Nisqually earthquake, Seattle's World Trade Organization protests and the Iraq War.
Before coming to the University of Washington, Wendy served as the external affairs manager for the Washington Military Emergency Management Division, where she pioneered several national award-winning programs in the areas of disaster preparedness and public/private partnerships. In 2012, in recognition of her industry leadership, she was honored as a White House Champion of Change in the category of Disaster Preparedness.
Branden Born is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, where he studies the intersection of planning processes and social justice. His work examines community governance models, land use planning, regionalism and food systems. He has worked with stakeholders from around Washington to review and develop land use regulations concerning environmental sustainability and agricultural viability. He has also worked with citizens and elected officials to propose state and local food policy and helped found the Puget Sound Regional Council's Food Policy Council. Most recently, he has worked with communities in Oaxaca, Mexico to understand the impacts of globalization, migration and US foreign policy on the communities, food systems and economies of rural Mexico. Branden is the Director of the Center for Livable Communities, a "think-do" tank in the Department of Urban Design and Planning. He also co-directs the UW's Livable City Year program, a university-wide community partnership effort that pairs university classes with city staff to complete research and design projects in service to community needs. Branden holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Marty Curry is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning, teaching in the Community, Environment & Planning and the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management programs. 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. Curry has a master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington.
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Barbara Endicott-Popovsky is executive director of Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity at the University of Washington. The center was recently re-designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (headquartered at UW Bothell) and a Center of Academic Excellence in Research (headquartered at the Applied Physics Lab). She also serves as an affiliate professor in the Department of Urban Planning & Management for the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program, as well as in the UW Bothell Department of Computer Science & Systems. Her research interests include enterprise-wide information systems security and compliance management, forensic readiness, cybersecurity education secure coding practices, and addressing the worldwide talent gap in cybersecurity professionals. For her work on the relevance of archival sciences to digital forensics she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists. Endicott-Popovsky earned her Ph.D. in computer science and computer security from the University of Idaho and holds a master of science in information systems engineering from Seattle Pacific University and an MBA from the University of Washington.
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Bob Freitag is a senior instructor and co-director of the department’s interdisciplinary Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research, housed in the 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 UW, he had a 25-year career with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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. Freitag has a master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington.
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Himanshu Grover is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning and co-director of the department’s interdisciplinary Institute for Hazard 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 interlinkages between physical development, socioeconomic 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. Grover earned a Ph.D. in urban and regional sciences at Texas A&M University.
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Keith Harris is a lecturer in the Urban Design & Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture departments in the College of Built Environments, the soon-to-be Comparative History of Ideas department in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as in the Urban Studies program at Universit of Washington Tacoma. His primary research focuses on urban theory and redevelopment (particularly in relation to Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood), but he also writes on urban history, ethics and politics, and translates experimental writing on built environments from French and Spanish. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil/structural Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. from the Interdisciplinary Built Environment program at UW.
Tim Larson is a professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, where he teaches courses on air pollution control and air quality modeling. He is also the co-director of the Master of Science in Civil Engineering: Energy Infrastructure. Larson has over 35 years of experience in air quality research, specifically in characterization of urban air pollution and its sources. His major focus in recent years has been on assessment of human exposure to outdoor air pollutants, and he has collaborated with other UW researchers on many projects related to the health consequences of exposure to air pollution. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Washington.
Nicola Marsden-Haug is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Urban Design & Planning. She has worked in applied public health practice for nearly 15 years, with experience at the local, state and federal levels. Her are of expertise is communicable disease control, and she has focused on developing public health surveillance systems and managing outbreak investigations. Most recently, Marsden-Haug worked for the Kitsap Public Health District, where she was engaged in communicable disease investigation and served as the primary maternal and child health assessment epidemiologist. She also has experience in continuing education and public health workforce training. As the training manager for the UW Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, she participated in the design and development of numerous epidemiology training modules and a disaster response tabletop exercise. She earned her master’s in public health from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of San Diego.
Edward McCormack is a research associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and an adjunct research associate professor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning. He also directs the online Master of Sustainable Transportation program at the UW. McCormack has over 30 years of research experience, including exploration of the use of technology to improve transportation mobility, the relationship between land use and transportation, and issues surrounding freight transportation, particularly in urban areas. McCormack has led efforts for both the Norwegian government and Washington state to use data from technology devices to develop transportation infrastructure performance measures. He has participated in a number of National Academy of Engineering, projects including developing approaches to detect trucks bottlenecks. McCormack has also managed a number of U.S. Customs and Border Protection studies to test 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, regional transportation planner, and consultant developing transportation impact studies. He has a master's degree in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington.
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Mitch Paine is an affiliate lecturer in the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program and a program manager for the King County River and Floodplain Management Section. He oversees a variety of programs at the county, including participation in the highly regarded Community Rating System. He also manages countywide planning efforts and is leading the update to the Flood Hazard Management Plan. Paine previously served as state floodplain manager for Nebraska, where he oversaw regulatory and flood mitigation programs covering more than 400 cities, villages and counties across the state. He has also worked as a consultant with the World Bank. Paine holds a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University.
Scott Preston is a career business continuity professional and guest lecturer in the Department of Urban Design & 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 has an master's in emergency and disaster management from the American Military University and is a graduate of the FEMA/EMI National Emergency Management Advanced Academy.
Mary Roderick is an affiliate professor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning and a regional planner with the Land of Sky Regional Council in western North Carolina. Her areas of specialization are watershed restoration and stormwater management. She contributed to planning and design for the Duwamish River Superfund site cleanup as well as the waterfront redevelopment and seawall redesign projects in Seattle. While broadly interested in social-ecological systems, Roderick’s work is specifically concerned with climate change and its effects on water resources. She has a master’s degree in community planning with an environmental specialization from the University of Cincinnati and earned a Ph.D. in urban design and planning from the University of Washington.
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Kelly Stone is an affiliate lecturer in the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program and a regional analyst for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the Department of Homeland Security. She works on various critical infrastructure projects for DHS across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Stone previously worked at FEMA Region 10, with a focus on natural hazard risk assessments and floodplain mapping. She has worked in GIS for two decades and is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a Hazus practitioner. She has taught a GIS course in emergency management at Edmonds Community College. Stone holds a master’s degree in geology from Michigan Technological University and a master’s in environmental studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Leah Tivoli is an affiliate professor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning and a manager for the Innovation & Performance team at the City of Seattle. She is passionate about improving the way we manage and lead in the public sector through iterative strategic planning, design, collaboration, and harnessing of data to creatively solve problems. Her team partners with city departments to extract and interpret data to drive insights and sustain positive change. She has previously worked at the Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment at McGill University, researching the effects of climate change and global pollution on health in arctic communities. Tivoli also spent 10 years at the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, working at the intersection of public health and the environment to manage people and policy across the areas of natural resources, built environments, technology and environmental sustainability. She holds dual master's degrees in public administration and public health from the University of Washington.
Shannon Tyman is a lecturer in the UW Department of Urban Design & Planning and a fellow in the Program for Interdisciplinary Pedagogy at UW Bothell. Her research examines questions of social justice in urban food systems and she has worked as a chef, interned on urban farms, taught courses on urban agriculture and served on the board of a food cooperative. She has also contributed food system research to universities and government institutions. Tyman holds a bachelor’s degree in the growth and structure of cities from Bryn Mawr College, earned a master’s in environmental studies from the University of Oregon, and is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW College of Built Environments.
Karen Wolf is an affiliate instructor and one of two student advisers in the Master of Infrastructure Planning & Management program. She works as a senior policy analyst in the King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget. Wolf has more than 25 years of experience working on regional land use projects in King County and helping to implement the Washington State Growth Management Act, including serving as project manager for the comprehensive plan and for countywide planning policies. Her interests include efforts to curb sprawl and focus growth in urban areas while preserving environmentally sensitive rural areas and resource lands, the application of social justice in regional planning, and advocacy for walkable communities. She is an elected member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Commission and mentors students through the UW Urban Design & Planning Professionals Council. Wolf holds a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Washington.
Eric Yocam is an affiliate instructor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning and an affiliate technical fellow in the Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity at the UW. His research interests include cybersecurity, mobile device security, and security applied to critical telecommunications infrastructure. In addition to his academic work, Yocam has spent more than two decades working in product development and cybersecurity for companies such as Apple, Intuit, Microsoft and T-Mobile. He holds a master’s degree in computer science from California State University, Chico; a master’s in finance from Seattle University; and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Stefanie Young is a professional planner and senior sustainability consultant at the Seattle engineering and project delivery firm Rushing. She has worked internationally for the World Bank and locally for the UW campus and the Port of Seattle. A student in the interdisciplinary planning Ph.D. program, she manages the Urban Infrastructure Lab and is the program manager of the student group, UW-Solar, whose mission is to support the development of solar infrastructure for UW and other public institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Young has a bachelor’s in architecture from the University of Oregon and a master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington.