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Padmabala Venugopal

Associate | Manager, Systems EngineeringBoston, MA
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Padmabala Venugopal is an Associate – Manager in Systems Engineering with experience in Intelligent Transportation Systems. Ms. Venugopal is involved in all stages of ITS projects including, proposal, scoping, preliminary field assessment, design, acceptance testing, construction support and closeout. In addition to ITS design, Ms. Venugopal is involved various strategic planning and technology assessments projects for various public agencies. Ms. Venugopal has a broad communication systems background, including various physical and higher layer networking protocols. Ms. Venugopal’s experience includes system integration, interoperability, network design, product development, customer support, test plan development and technology standardization efforts.

Nihit Jain

Associate - Manager, Transit DataBoston, MAGo to
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Nihit is an Associate with IBI Group, and specializes in the planning, design, implementation, testing, and use of technology and data systems in the mobility space. Over the last 10 years, he has worked on a mix of public transportation, highway, traffic, and municipal system projects. He brings a deep understanding of the challenges agencies have in designing, installing, operating, and maintaining transportation technology systems, and how they are used by different stakeholders across multiple modes.

Nihit is managing IBI Group’s work for Tampa HART Transit Technology Support, Sound Transit’s APC Systems Consulting Research Services, Westchester County Transportation’s Radio Migration. Nihit has also acted in a project management or technical capacity for various agencies across the US, including CTDOT/CTTransit, Ithaca TCAT, MassDOT/MBTA, and Penn Turnpike Authority. Nihit has also presented in various APTA conferences across the US on demand response transportation, fare collection, and transit technology and serves on the Board of the Philadelphia chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation group.

Michelle Boucher

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Intelligent Transportation SystemsBoston, MAGo to
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Ms. Boucher has extensive experience in ITS, transportation planning and engineering. As a 20+ year veteran of MassDOT Highway Division and former Director of ITS, she was instrumental in the planning, design, and implementation of the ITS Program in Massachusetts. As the Managing Director of KCUS from 2015-2019, she worked on several ITS related projects both in Massachusetts and overseas. She is the project manager for the MassDOT Statewide RTTM System and the MassDOT Smart Work Zone Manager Application.

As a former public employee, she brings a practical and operational approach to projects. She has been part of teams and led teams that have developed strategic plans geared toward improving safety using ITS, concepts of operation, feasibility studies, safety and mobility studies, performance management and software development.

After leaving MassDOT, she spent two years working at the National Volpe Transportation Center on ITS, traffic incident management, and the National Park Services safety program. During her time at KCUS she worked on projects which included providing a technical ITS program plan to the Colombian Ministry of Transport, a Transportation Strategic Framework for the King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia, and a Smart Work Zone implementation tool for FHWA.

Rick Williams

Associate | Manager, Landscape ArchitectBoston, MAGo to
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Rick has 17+ years of experience in landscape architecture. Since joining the firm in 2001, Rick has participated in a broad spectrum of project types. His experience ranges from urban parks and plazas, on-structure projects, intensive and extensive green-roofs, corporate and academic campuses, streetscapes, bikeways, canalways, perimeter security and natural resource management. As a technical resource within the office, Rick has extensive experience in making design concepts reality, solving complex constructability issues, and ensuring quality control throughout the construction process.

James Kros

Associate, Landscape ArchitectBoston, MAGo to
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James Kros joined the professional staff of IBI Placemaking as an Associate in the fall of 2007. He brings to his role strong leadership experience directing complex projects, from concept design through construction documents and permitting to fully operational status. His varied project types include corporate and healthcare campuses, parks and open space, mixed-use developments, streetscapes, public housing, colleges and universities, as well as work in the Middle East and around the world for the U.S. government.

Horace Aikman

Associate, Landscape ArchitectBoston, MAGo to
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Horace Aikman serves IBI Placemaking with a broad portfolio of project experience and responsibilities related to technical and management standards. Over the past 30+ years he has overseen a wide range of project types, from large infrastructure projects to small residential-scale installation, in the public, private and institutional markets. He has worked on projects in all of the New England states, in the mid-West and mid-Atlantic regions, and on a variety of overseas projects.

Horace develops and maintains our library of site-related technical specifications, including site unit masonry, wood construction, landscape metals, site concrete, green roofs, pavements and earthwork systems. He serves as the on-call technical consultant to Project Managers and staff Landscape Architects, responding to technical challenges during design, preparation of construction documents and during construction phase services.

Nicholas Healy

Associate, Landscape ArchitectBoston, MAGo to
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Since joining IBI Placemaking in 2004, Nick has played a key role on a range of public and private sector development projects in the U.S. and abroad. In Nick’s 15 years with the firm, he has participated in project types that include U.S. Embassies; college, university and high school campuses; private urban developments; child wellness and assisted care facilities; housing; public parks; streetscapes; cemeteries and various design competitions.

Between 2008 and 2010, Nick served as a key project team member of IBI Placemaking’s Abu Dhabi office, where he was responsible for design studies, site related construction documents and specifications, supervision of site construction, consultant coordination and client relations.

Since his return to the States, Nick has worked on several local and regional projects with responsibilities including design development, presentation drawings, contract documentation, specifications and cost estimating with a primary focus on project management and construction administration and supervision.

Ruth Loetterle

Associate, Landscape ArchitectBoston, MAGo to
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Ruth joined IBI Placemaking in 1980. Since that time she has worked on a variety of projects from master planning and site design of public and mixed income housing to signage design. More recently her work has focused on the master planning and site design for a variety of institutions – colleges, universities, secondary schools, neighborhood groups, nature centers, and botanical gardens. Ruth enjoys working with institutional communities to plan and design facilities that meet their needs and reflect their image and unique character, using workshops to gather the critical information and discover collective solutions. Ruth serves on the board of Grow Native Massachusetts, a small non-profit that promotes the recognition of the ecological potential of every corner of the state, no matter how small.

Carl Frushour

Associate Principal, Landscape ArchitectureBoston, MA
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Carl is a Senior Project Manager with over 18 years of experience in the field of landscape architecture, having worked on various projects types in the U.S. and abroad. Carl is a lead designer responsible for all phases of projects and is committed to a collaborative process. He is currently working on projects ranging from urban mixed-use developments to resilient waterfront developments and higher education campuses to corporate campus headquarters.

Bryan McKeown

Associate, ArchitectNew York, NYGo to
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With over 25 years of experience, Bryan McKeown’s background is with education facilities and high-rise residential buildings. He served as project architect on five major school projects with the NYC School Construction Authority: two new early childhood centers, an addition to an inter­mediate school, and a new design-build primary school. Notably, Bryan recently oversaw the renovation and expansion of Columbia Grammar and Prep School. As project manager, Bryan leads a team to ensure prompt and successful completion of a building project. He is knowledgeable, conscientious, and capable of working with a diverse range of trades and specifications to complete a project successfully.

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