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.
Dave Carlton is a water resources engineer with more than 40 years of experience in surface water and flood hazard management. His primary focus has been on the hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of flood events, particularly in streams and rivers, as well as techniques for minimizing flooding impacts and the restoration of riparian functions. In recent years, he’s worked with FEMA on its Community Rating System (CRS) and Risk MAP programs. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and is a member of its Certification Board of Regents overseeing the Certified Floodplain Manager program. Carlton has a master's in civil engineering from Washington State University.
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. She also serves as one of two faculty advisers 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. Curry has a master’s in urban planning from the University of Washington.
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Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, an affiliate professor in the Department of Urban Design & Planning, is executive director of Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity (CIAC) at the University of Washington. Headquartered at UW Bothell, the CIAC is designated by the National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. Endicott-Popovsky’s research interests include enterprise-wide information systems security and compliance management, forensic readiness, cybersecurity education and secure coding practices. Prior to her academic career, she spent two decades in industry as an executive and consultant on IT architecture and project management. Endicott-Popovsky is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists and a department fellow at Aberystwyth University in Wales. She has a Ph.D. in computer science/computer security from the University of Idaho.
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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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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. 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. He has a master's degree in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington.
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Marilyn Ostergren serves as the renewable energy liaison for the UW Sustainability Office and as an instructor at the UW Information School. She has previously worked as the UW liaison to Seattle City Light, a role in which she facilitated the installation of two solar arrays on campus. Ostergren also has expertise in information visualization. She holds a Ph.D. in information science 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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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.