NJTOD Staff

Stephanie E. DiPetrillo  Principal Investigator & Editor, NJTOD.org

Stephanie DiPetrillo
Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Stephanie DiPetrillo brings a distinctive set of experiences to the center, including a background in historic preservation, architecture, urban design, and planning. Her research interests include the connections between transportation and land use and ways to promote the use of public and community transportation through improvements in the built environment and through transit-oriented development. Increasingly her work has examined the ways to improve access to transit by all users, including people with disabilities. She has taught at Hofstra University, Rutgers University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Ms. DiPetrillo holds a BA in Economics and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as well as a Master’s in Architecture from NJIT.

Catherine Bull

Catherine Bull
Research Project Coordinator, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Catherine Bull conducts research on various projects related to smart growth and healthy community development. Her work has focused on best practices in assessing the impact of transportation projects on the human environment, and considerations and benefits of context sensitive solutions, community impact assessment, and public involvement. She has contributed to the development of content for Environmental Justice courses for Federal Highway Administration. Other research topics have included recruitment and hiring, and retention and career mobility of a diverse workforce, and development and support of technology transfer, in transportation agencies. Ms. Bull holds a BA in Comparative Literature and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Eliot Benman

Eliot Benman
Research Project Coordinator, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Mr. Benman contributes to research on a variety of transportation topics, including enhancement of mobility and access for disadvantaged populations. He also provides technical assistance to stakeholders working to advance recommendations of the Together North Jersey regional plan, which calls for transit-oriented and infill development among other smart growth strategies. Before joining VTC in 2016, Mr. Benman worked in the supportive housing development field. He holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University.

Noura von Briesen

Noura von Briesen
Graduate Research Assistant, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Ms. von Briesen’s interests in public transit, housing and equity provide a basis for her research into transit village initiatives, and local and national TOD developments for the NJTOD newsletter. She particularly enjoys reviewing readings on projects that tie TOD to meeting the basic needs of communities, especially education and housing. Prior to VTC, she worked for two years with a general contractor in Washington, D.C., managing the construction of CSX’s Virginia Avenue Tunnel through the Navy Yard neighborhood. As a part of CSX’s National Gateway Project, she was able to learn how transportation, whether it be of goods or people, can facilitate economic development in a region. Ms. von Briesen holds a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in City and Regional Planning at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, with a joint concentration in transportation and housing.