Graduate Research Assistant

Brendan received his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 2015.  As an undergraduate, Brendan's studies centered around mental health in undocumented immigrant communities, a topic which he explored at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Community Psychiatry Program and as a crisis counselor at Cornell.  

Brendan first became interested in transportation planning while working at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration's Statler Hotel.  There, Brendan utilized his skills as a commercially-licensed transit bus driver to overhaul the teaching hotel's valet and shuttle service.  After this project, Brendan explored the discipline of planning by joining a Design Connect group of urban planning students at Cornell, and has been hooked ever since.

Following his graduation, Brendan worked as a Research Assistant for conservation economists in the indigenous Maya village of Ek'Balam, Yucatán, Mexico, and later worked at a traffic engineering firm with projects around Washington, D.C. to learn the basics of the discipline.  

As a first-year Master's student in Community and Regional Planning, Brendan is interested in the intersection of transportation and human factors.

Brendan is the Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. Ming Zhang's USDOT-funded Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions Tier-1 UTC.


  • B.A. in Psychology, Cornell University
photo of Brendan Goodrich
  • Transportation
  • Development
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  • Human Factors
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Latin America