Keep Your eye on These Interns
TMACOG’s summer employees are accomplished people with big plans.
Joe Koralewski is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University and one of TMACOG’s summer traffic interns for 2019. His bachelor’s degree is in Geography with a minor in Political Science. For the next few months he’ll be setting out vacuum hoses and downloading traffic count data for TMACOG members. But he’s got bigger plans. Joe and his fiancée plan to move from Bowling Green to a larger city, preferably one with robust public transit so that they won’t need a car. He’s hoping to find work in planning. “Planning is a field where you can have a big impact working in an institutional role,” he said. “I like that it’s creative and a field where you can leave your mark on a community.” After a few years, when his career is well established, he plans to return to Toledo where he intends to be the mayor one day. “I’m totally serious,” he said. “I’ve been interested in politics for a long time and that’s what I’m planning to do.”
Muhummad Salaha Uddin is in the third year of a Ph.D. program at the University of Toledo in Spatially Integrated Social Science. This program is designed around the application of geographic information science, spatial statistics, spatial econometrics, and spatial analysis to study the spatial dimension of human and social dynamics, including interaction of individuals and society, government, and market participants.
He sees his internship at TMACOG as a way to learn more about traffic data collection strategies and subsequent data usage. This practical information will be useful in his doctoral dissertation. Muhummad is proposing to write his dissertation on household carbon emissions and the physical development pattern of the USA. Muhummad was raised in Bangladesh, earned his master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy Design from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, and moved to Toledo, USA for his Ph.D. He will pursue a career in academia and hopes to stay in the Toledo area.
Joe Koralewski (left) and Muhummad Salaha Uddin attach a new
digital traffic counter to a sign on the Chessie Circle Trail.
The counters record bike and pedestrian traffic.
Muhummad Salaha Uddin (left) and Joe Koralewski are testing
the traffic counter and making sure the app works.