Andrew Owen, Director
Office: 220L Transportation and Safety Building
Andrew Owen is the director of the Accessibility Observatory and a researcher in the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies. Owen’s work focuses on building and applying systems for collecting, calculating, analyzing, and communicating data describing transportation systems. At the Accessibility Observatory, he leads the development and maintenance of tools to calculate nationwide, multimodal accessibility to a variety of destination types. Owen directs the operations of the Observatory and leads its team of research assistants. Owen joined the field of transportation research following a career in computer science and network security, and holds master’s degrees in civil engineering and in urban and regional planning.
Brendan Murphy, Lead Researcher
Office: 212F Transportation and Safety Building
Brendan Murphy is the Accessibility Observatory's lead researcher. He earned his M.S. in Transportation Engineering in 2015, and his work at the Observatory focuses on the maintenance and improvement of data and database systems pertaining to accessibility-based analysis of transportation systems.
Kristin Carlson, Researcher
Office: 214 Transportation and Safety Building
Kristin Carlson is a researcher at the Accessibility Observatory. Her current work focuses on the extension of accessibility metrics for a variety of transportation facilities such as managed lanes, park-and-ride, and bus-on-shoulder. Her future work will incorporate monetary travel cost into accessibility measures. She also leads the Accessibility Observatory citation tracking effort. Kristin has a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. Additional interests include finance, applied economics, and urban and regional planning.
Mengying Cui, Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota