University of Minnesota


Andrew Owen, Director

Office: 440-21 University Office Plaza
Phone: 612-624-7550

Andrew Owen

Andrew Owen is the director of the Accessibility Observatory and a researcher in the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies. Owen’s work focuses on building and applying systems for collecting, calculating, analyzing, and communicating data describing transportation systems. At the Accessibility Observatory, he leads the development and maintenance of tools to calculate nationwide, multimodal accessibility to a variety of destination types. Owen directs the operations of the Observatory and leads its team of research assistants. Owen joined the field of transportation research following a career in computer science and network security, and holds master’s degrees in civil engineering and in urban and regional planning.

Brendan Murphy, Lead Researcher

Office: 440-16 University Office Plaza
Phone: 612-624-7893

Brendan Murphy

Brendan Murphy is the Accessibility Observatory's lead researcher. He earned his M.S. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2015, and his work at the Observatory focuses on the maintenance and improvement of data and database systems pertaining to accessibility-based analysis of transportation systems. His research interests include pedestrian and bicycle advocacy, the use of big data in sustainable city planning, and active living. Brendan also cycles year-round for both commuting and fun, even in Minnesota blizzards.

Kristin Carlson, Researcher

Office: 440-23 University Office Plaza
Phone: 612-626-4052

Kristin Carlson

Kristin Carlson is a researcher at the Accessibility Observatory. Her current work focuses on the extension of accessibility metrics for a variety of transportation facilities such as managed lanes, park-and-ride, and bus-on-shoulder. Her future work will incorporate monetary travel cost into accessibility measures. She also leads the Accessibility Observatory citation tracking effort. Kristin has a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. Additional interests include finance, applied economics, and urban and regional planning.

Shannon Engstrom, Graduate Research Assistant

Shannon Engstrom

Urban and Regional Planning, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
Office: 440 University Office Plaza

The Accessibility Observatory is a program of the Center for Transportation Studies.