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Mapper since:
July 30, 2017
Last map edit:
June 24, 2024

Hello there!

My name is Nicholas Hudanich and I am a 23-year old transportation engineer living and working in wonderful New York City. My primary job is currently as a associate transportation modeler at Aimsun Inc.

Between 2019 and 2023 I attended New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, where I achieved my Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Masters’ in Transportation Engineering in just over 4 years. I even had the wonderful opportunity to study away in the UAE in Abu Dhabi for around 6 months, which is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. At NYU, I was the president of the Institute of Traffic Engineers Traffic Bowl Team, and our team during the 2023 season won first place in the International Traffic Bowl in Portland, Oregon (We had been runners up in the previous year). Our chapter during my presidency won 3 ITE national awards of excellence.

A part of my life that has continually defined me has been involvement with transportation- and mobility-related research. At NYU, I thoroughly enjoyed being a researcher at the C2SMART center, a Tier 1 federally-funded transportation lab. At C2SMART, I was able to contribute to the body of knowledge through research projects such as studying the effect of overweight trucks and overweight enforcement on New York’s highways, traffic management solutions for coastal flooding due to climate change in San Francisco, testing a new wayfinding application for visually impaired individuals, specifically for intersections and crosswalks, and my personal favorite, helping the MTA roll out its Accessible Stations Laboratory at the Jay Street-Metrotech station. Our team helped the MTA to test over 20 new accessibility features at the Jay Street station, including leading guided groups of persons with visual or other impairments, and then helping select which features were worthy implementations for the rest of the system. Some of the features first tested here that you may find across the New York Subway now include level boarding areas at the center of the platforms, enhanced colored floor strips to guide to other platforms at interchange stations, and increased wayfinding for visually-impaired or blind individuals such as tactile environment improvements.

My other former work experience in transportation includes the traffic safety team at the Massachusetts DOT, a legislative intern to one of the representatives on the Transportation Committee at the Massachusetts State House, and researching pollutant decay regimes in simulated river environments at Northeastern University, as a part of the Young Scholars Program.

Futhermore, I am an organizer of the annual Transportation Camp NYC, which is an “unconference” where several hundred industry experts come to discuss new data methods, products, solutions, etc. in the transportation space. This event also attracts several hundred students from the NYC area, helping them to network with potential future employers.

My lifelong commitment to transportation, and specifically mobility, has only naturally led to being an avid contributor to OpenStreetMap and other cartographic initiatives as well. I even have found a few “fun” outlets in cartography, namely OpenGeoFiction. I have additionally been on the validation team for OpenStreetMap since 2023.

Beyond my passion for transportation, I have mild experience in computer coding and shopwork, being a former captain of First Robotics Team 348, and working at MIT’s Prof. Hiroshi Ishii’s Tangible Media Group, where we constructed a tactile board featured on 60 Minutes. I am also self-employed as a USSF-certified soccer referee, as well as a soccer referee for the NCAA. I have further referee certifications in lacrosse and futsal. I occasionally perform freelance voice acting services as well.

In my free time I love to hike and geocache. I am particularly fond of the Hudson Highlands.

If you want to network or exchange information or even just ask a question, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Relevant links

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nhudanich/

https://c2smarter.engineering.nyu.edu/author/nph248/

https://hdyc.neis-one.org/?BeaconOSM

https://yosmhm.neis-one.org/?BeaconOSM


Pawling NY: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/41.5627/-73.6001

Brewster/Brewster Heights NY: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/41.4007/-73.6232

Burnsville WV: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/38.8594/-80.6557

Baltimore VT: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/43.3602/-72.5591