Omar J. Peters | Transportation, Information Systems
Master's of Regional Planning | University at Albany, SUNY | Albany, NY | Spring 2011
Bachelor of Arts | Geography | University of Delaware | Newark, DE | Spring 2009
Internships, Experience & Awards
Planning Intern | Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) | May '10
At CDTC, a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), tasked with planning and programming transportation projects in New York’s Capital Region, Omar is assisting planning staff with a wide array of transportation and land use projects. These include collecting infield data, traffic and trip generation counts, and research for preparation of CDTC’s reports and documents.
GIS/Planning Intern | Wilmington Area Planning Council | October '08 to July '09
At WILMAPCO, the MPO for the Wilmington, Delaware urbanized area, Omar performed entry level work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and transportation planning. These tasks included assembling and analyzing of technical data for presentation in analytical reports, maps and other graphic outputs for public distribution.
Intern | US DOT Federal Highway Administration | Summer 2008
At a regional office of the FHWA Federal Lands Highway, the Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFLHD), Omar assisted with the incorporation of a GIS by collaborating with highway project managers and planners to compile and synthesize a database of projects’ locations. After the completion of the 2-month assignment, a presentation was made in a student symposium at DOT, Washington D.C.
Omar is interested in the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other planning support systems for urban and regional planning. He is drawn to the use of technology for transit and pedestrian oriented planning. The collaboration between technology and the city is his general area of interest.
Thesis/Research Paper Topic
Omar is working on a research paper that evaluates how metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) are using web technologies for public participation and outreach for transportation planning.