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2016 Emerging Professionals

Authors:   WTS Mentoring Committee:   Susan Nichols-VHB, Allison Sweeney-MBTA and Paula Simmons-MassDOT

As part of WTS-Boston’s efforts to support new members as a means of sustaining the long-term viability and future success of our Chapter, the annual Program for Emerging Professional Women aims to assist in the development of our future leaders. The program provides a year of free membership and attendance for designated luncheons and events to two selected participants. WTS-Boston selected Gönül Duren and Leslie Stahl as our 2016 Emerging Professionals.

Duren_PhotoGönül Düren is a Project Designer with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).  Gönül joined MassDOT in 2014 after having graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  Gönül received her Engineering-in-Training license which will enable her to take the professional licensure exam after four years of work experience.   Her interests include volunteering with Boston high school students interested in pursuing engineering in college.  Gönül is also currently a member of the Communications Committee where she assists with WTS-Boston’s social media accounts.

Gönül, pictured to the left, will be mentored by Shahpar Negah, a Supervising Project Manager with MassDOT.  

Leslie Stahl is a Community Planner with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.   Photo_LStahlLeslie holds a Master of Science in Urban & Regional Policy from Northeastern University.   She is passionate about transportation and also serves as a Co-Chair of the Volpe Center Climate Change Community of Practice.   Leslie is active with the WTS-Boston Outreach Committee focusing on Transportation YOU.  She also volunteers as a Cambridge School Reading Buddy and enjoys running.

Leslie, pictured to the right, will be mentored by Heather Hume, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Director of Service Planning and a 2010 Emerging Professional.

We are very excited to have Gönül and Leslie participate in the Emerging Professional Program.  Please reach out to Gönül and Leslie and help us support these fantastic transportation professionals!



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