Joanna is a second-year Master of Science in Transportation student with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Physics, and Japanese from Bates College. Joanna's research with the JTL explores how implicit or subconscious bias and preference can influence travel behavior and impact transportation planning and operations. She is also a member of the Regional Transportation and High Speed Rail Group, where she focuses on understanding high-speed rail projects as complex socio-technical systems, with a particular interest in how the technology and infrastructure interface with governing and managing institutions and users. In addition to her scholarly pursuits, Joanna has interned at Cambridge Systematics and collaborated with the World Bank on a financial case study of freight rail profitability schemes for China National Railways.
While an undergraduate she received the Monbukagakusho Scholarship for study in Japan from the Japanese Ministry of Education and a Goldwater Scholarship from the United States Congress for proposed graduate research on the U.S. rail system. At MIT, she has received both a USDOT University Transportation Center Fellowship and an Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation.