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2017 Emerging Professionals

Author:   WTS Mentoring Committee:   Teryne Alexander-Massport, Allison Sweeney-MBTA and Susan Nichols-VHB

As part of WTS-Boston’s mission to advance women in transportation, the annual Program for Emerging Professional Women aims to assist in the development of our future leaders. This competitive program supports transportation professionals through a year of free membership and attendance at luncheons and events to two selected participants. WTS-Boston selected Margo Dawes and Michelle Deng as our 2017 Emerging Professionals.

Margo Dawes is a community planner at the U.S. DOT / Volpe Center. Margo holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Planning from MIT. She is passionate about social, economic, and environmental justice, which she approaches through the lenses of public transportation accessibility and shared mobility. Margo is committed to improving diversity and inclusion at her workplace and in the other organizations she works with.

Margo, pictured below, will be mentored by Melissa Dullea, Senior Director of Service Planning, MBTA and a 2005 Emerging Professional.


Michelle (Yuyin) Deng is a Traffic Safety Engineer with MassDOT. Michelle joined MassDOT in 2014 as an engineering co-op and became a fulltime engineer in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UMass Dartmouth. Michelle was born and raised in Canton, China and is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. She has volunteered for several Asian-American nonprofit organizations since high school for new immigrant community outreach, promoting college success for first-generation college students, and maintaining active leadership roles.

Michelle pictured below, will be mentored by Heather Hamilton, Director of Roadway Maintenance, Statewide Operations, in MassDOT’s Highway Division. 


We are very excited to have Margo and Michelle participate in the Emerging Professionals program.  Please welcome Margo and Michelle and help us support these fantastic transportation professionals!



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