Colin Rowan is in his second year of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at Portland State University where he specializes in Transportation. During his academic career Colin has studied active and sustainable transportation, land use connections to transportation, and transit. With a background in history, Colin has a deep interest in the historical development of urban areas, globalization, and human geography. During his first year in the program Colin worked as a research assistant on the Family Activity Study and currently studies vehicle electrification as a graduate research assistant at the Oregon Transportation Research & Education Consortium. He also works as a corridor planning intern for the Southwest Corridor Plan at Metro. After graduation from the MURP program Colin will work as a planning intern at the Chinese Academy of Urban Planning & Design in Beijing.
Colin has a Master’s degree in history from Northeastern University and Bachelor’s degrees in politics and history from Brandeis University where he graduated with honors. Beyond work in the planning field Colin has volunteered at Maya Pedal in Guatemala; managed Bike Works, a non-profit community bike shop in Seattle, Washington; worked as a bike mechanic at Clever Cycles in Portland, Oregon; and was the Public History Program Manager at the Boston History & Innovation Collaborative. Colin hails from Falmouth, Massachusetts; in his free time he enjoys bike rides throughout bucolic Oregon and racing road and cyclocross bikes.