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Journeys to Transportation

Meet some of our colleagues. Hear what brought them to the U.S. DOT Volpe Center and what they’re working on. Learn what energizes them and what they like best about working here.

2023 Pathways Program

Student Trainees

Meet Ace Slominski, Samantha Volkmeier, and Sarah Rosenthal—three of our recent student trainees—and learn why they chose the U.S. DOT Volpe Center to kickstart their careers in transportation. Learn more

Cassandra Allwell, 
Director, Office of Communication and Knowledge Management


For Cassandra Allwell, director of our Office of Communication and Knowledge Management, a career in transportation came by way of her family and her time in the Peace Corps. Learn more

Brendon Providence,
Computer Engineer, Situational Awareness and Logistics


Meet Brendon Providence, a computer engineer in our Situational Analysis and Logistics Division, and learn about his journey to transportation, how he ended up at the U.S. DOT Volpe Center, what working here is really like, and how he’s working to advance transportation for the public good.

Jordan Cumper, 
Aerospace Engineer, Environmental Measurement and Modeling


Learn how Jordan Cumper, an aerospace engineer in our Environmental Measurement and Modeling Division, found an opportunity to pursue his passion for flight, while following in the footsteps of his family members who are committed to public service.