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I'm passionate about transforming time, energy and money into positive social impacts. With the luxury of business and engineering competencies, I'm confident in taking this passion far down the road.
My adventure at Alliant started with two traffic impact and parking studies for a senior housing development near the Riverdale Station of Northstar Commuter Rail and an athletics training facility development in Bloomington, MN. I also supported the decision making process for express bus detours due to potential closures of I-35W ramps to/from downtown Minneapolis. These projects helped me get familiar with the excellent Alliant traffic team, as well as processes and expectations. They prepared me to take on a bigger challenge to model design alternatives for the Twin Ports Interchange in Duluth, MN. The traffic operation and safety performance of these alternatives are analyzed with the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) and VISSIM.
Facilitating the comprehensive Campus Shuttle redesign process was my signature achievement at the University of Minnesota. I led a survey provider to produce a University-wide online survey for campus trips origins/destinations and mode of transportation, chaired a planning committee to propose and approve the campus transit service redesign based on survey results, and spearheaded the implementation process to ensure a timely and quality delivery. I also served as department project representative for Pleasant St. corridor redesign: 1) I led a team to conduct a real-world roundabout experiment, which increased University community’s awareness and acceptance of efficient unconventional traffic control; and 2) I teamed with design consultants to balance project land use, budget, and the need for pedestrian, bicycle, transit facilities to maximize benefit to the University community. My additional responsibilities and accomplishments include 1) development of the large-scale stadium events traffic management plan; 2) implementation of Asset Management initiatives with Geographic Information System (GIS) tools; and 3) coordination of the Church St. and an adjacent pedestrian tunnel multi-model design and construction.
Yilun Xu is now on Crowdfunder.