I am student in Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University, who stumbled into my 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. I’ve worked as a research assistant with Dr. Monica Haddad in the CRP department, where I work on projects spanning public health in Iowa communities, water quality in the global south, and equity. In this position, I did the majority of the editing and layout design on the Downtown Adel 2020-2040 Plan. These days I’m working on finishing my degree and preparing for a job in planning.
As well as Drs. Alleman and Haddad, I’d like to thank my father, Tommy 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!