Education & Engagement Council

This council looks at ways to strengthen transportation education and technology transfer programs for practitioners and students from multiple disciplines, and provides advice on ongoing and special information outreach activities to facilitate implementation of research results.


Activities of the Education and Engagement Council include:


The Council meets two-three times per year.


Council members are appointed by the CTS director on behalf of the CTS Executive Committee, following nomination by the council chair. Approximately one-third of council members are University faculty or staff. Non-University members include a balance of business, government, and other interests.

A membership rotation occurs every three years. Though members may serve more than one consecutive three-year term, an effort is made to rotate approximately one-third of council membership during a rotation year. In addition to members, “friends” of councils also participate in council activities. New members will often be drawn from friends who are active within councils.

How do I become involved?

If you are interested in becoming a friend of one or more of the councils, please contact Stephanie Malinoff, 612-624-8398 or, or return the Council interest form (PDF).


  • Chair: Steve Gentry — Metropolitan Airports Commission
  • Vice-Chair: Sheila Hatchell — MnDOT
  • Amber Cameron — Office of Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
  • Beth Engum — Ramsey County Public Works
  • Shannon Fiecke — MnDOT
  • Sophia Ginis — Metro Transit
  • Ann Johnson — Professional Engineering Services, Ltd.
  • Alireza Khani — University of Minnesota Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering Department
  • Kelsi Klaers — University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering
  • Chen-Fu Liao — Minnesota Traffic Observatory, University of Minnesota
  • Samantha Markman — SRF Consulting, Inc.
  • Karen Neinstadt — MnDOT
  • Anna Potter — Kimley-Horn Associates, Inc. 
  • Kathy Quick — Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • John Rodeberg — SEH, Inc.
  • Brian Smalkoski — Kimley-Hom and Associates, Inc.