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 degree in Economics and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as well as a Master of Architecture from NJIT.
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.
Graduate Research Assistant, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Ms. Shepard’s primary responsibility at VTC is to research transit-oriented development projects, and develop content about new Transit Villages and strategies for creating successful TODs for the NJTOD newsletter and website. Her research focuses on TOD projects throughout the state of New Jersey, as well as best practices for equitable TOD projects, strategies for enhancing quality of life in TODs, and the interaction between TOD and the environment. Prior to working at VTC, she was a Project Analyst at Biederman Redevelopment Ventures. Her work at BRV focused on placemaking strategies, public program management and development, and creating conceptual and governance plans for public spaces. Ms. Shepard holds a BA in Urban Planning and Psychology, and a minor in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University. She is currently a Master in City and Regional Planning candidate studying transportation planning at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.