I am student in Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, who stumbled into an interest in urban design in late 2017. Previously, I have been captain of FIRST Robotics Competition Team ASAP and a co-host of the Prius Patrol podcast.

In 2017, as a part of the honors program at ISU, I was paired with Dr. James Alleman, who suggested I look into Smart Cities, which led me to EPCOT, and eventually down a rabbit hole of Urban Utopias. These days, I work as a research assistant to Dr. Monica Haddad in the Community and Regional Planning department, where I work on projects spanning public health in Iowa communities, water quality in the global south, and equity in the CRP department.

As well as Drs. Alleman and Haddad, I’d like to thank my father, Thomas O’Donnell, professional journalist and very helpful editor. You can find his work on Iowa science here.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please drop me a line!