YPT Pittsburgh

Young Professionals in Transportation is excited to announce we have received a critical mass of interest from young professionals in the Greater Pittsburgh metro area to form a YPT Pittsburgh chapter.

If you are a young transportation professional or transportation student in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and are interested in joining or helping lead a YPT Pittsburgh chapter, please contact:

Erin Dean


Upcoming Events & News

Hello, YPT-Pittsburgh members and Friends!

The 2013-2014 Board:

  • Chair – Erin Dean, CDM Smith
  • Deputy Chair – Tiffany Sudar, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration – David Jackson, Michael Baker
  • Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance – Patrick Minnaugh, CDM Smith
  • Vice Chair for Programs – Jay Rickabaugh, University of Pittsburgh
  • Vice Chair for Communications – Danielle List, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Student Representative – Open position

Upcoming Events:

2014-2015 Election Slate

Dear YPT-Pittsburgh Members and Friends,

The nominations are in and we have a great field of candidates for this year’s elections. We are a month out from elections. The slate of candidates and their statements are below. Now is also the time to make sure your membership is up to date, or to become a member, if you want to vote this year.


  • October 9, 2014: Last day to become a YPT member if you want to vote in this year’s elections – sign up or renew at http://my.yptransportation.org!
  • October 13, 2014: All eligible voters will receive an email with voting instructions.  Online voting for International and Chapter elections opens at 10:00 AM EDT.
  • October 24, 2014: Online voting for International and Chapter elections closes at 9:00 PM EDT. Pending any runoff elections, the results will be made available to the YPT membership in early November.  The new Board term for all winning candidates will begin on November 1, 2014.



The Chair serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization with such powers and duties as may be articulated in the YPT-Pittsburgh Chapter bylaws or by resolution of the Chapter Board of Directors. The Chair is responsible for day-to-day implementation of the policy and guidelines of the Chapter Board of Directors. The Chair shall preside over Chapter Board meetings, create and appoint members to Committees, and act as chief official representative of YPT-Pittsburgh.

 Ethan Taylor, PennDOT

As the chapter Chair of YPT – Pittsburgh, I would be honored to serve and collaborate with so many great people. I find it very important to be invested within our communities and help out as much as we can by promoting camaraderie to participate in events and activities that would express YPT’s conviviality. I currently serve in the ASHE Guest Program Subcommittee and various Focus Groups within the Civil Engineers Council at PennDOT by working together as a team and offering ideas that will benefit the groups. I would be honored to serve YPT, and do whatever I need to maintain and grow the integrity of this new but affable chapter of Pittsburgh.

 Deputy Chair

The Deputy shall help to coordinate activities involving multiple board members and assist the Chair in his or her responsibilities. In the absence of the Chair, the Deputy Chair shall act in the official capacity of the Chair and perform all duties of that office.

Bill Athanas, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.

I would like to serve on the YPT-Pittsburgh Chapter Board of Directors because I share the same beliefs as the YPT organization. Cohesiveness is vital for the transportation industry as a whole and the YPT organization is a nationally recognized forum that would be a great opportunity to aid in the advancement of our region’s infrastructure.

I would like to be a part of this year’s Pittsburgh branch and develop a plan of action for the upcoming year with the help of the elected board members. This region has various communities within the transportation realm and infrastructure unlike any other. My first suggestion would be to recruit more members into the community; starting with local clients and college students. This would help put our name out there and help with face-to-face interaction with established (and potential) clients that seems to become more distant as time goes by but is still very important.

“We are the future of transportation” and it is essential that we utilize this platform for the betterment of our industry, and I would greatly appreciate this opportunity to see it grow to its full potential.

 Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration

The Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration shall keep full and accurate records of all business and proceedings at Chapter Board meetings. The Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration shall prepare meeting minutes, keep accurate organization records, and manage the election process.

John Paul Dipucci, Keystone Acquisition Services, Corp.

To have the ability to serve for a group that does so much for a growing organization of young professionals in the Pittsburgh area would be truly gratifying. I look forward to the opportunity to work with other members of the Board in leading the YPT Pittsburgh Chapter.

 Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance

The Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance shall be responsible for the collection of dues, and the safekeeping of funds, including reporting of receipts, expenditures, and balances at the request of the Chapter Board.

Patrick Minnaugh, CDM Smith

I would like to help continue to grow the YPT Pittsburgh Chapter, and feel some continuity on the board will be beneficial.

 Vice Chair for Communications

The Vice Chair for Communications will be responsible for sending emails regarding information provided by the National organization, chapter news updates, and invitations for events. The chair will use CivicCRM, or any approved system of electronic information dissemination adopted by the National organization. The chair will check emails and keep the Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts current. Other tasks may include but are not limited to, creation of brochures for events and creation of press releases. All information sent to the members that is not from the National organization will first be reviewed by other board members.

Robert (Bobby) Stitchick

I have been a member of Pittsburgh’s YPT chapter for the past year. I have enjoyed getting to know the other members involved and have benefited and learned from all that the organization has to offer. The Route 28 presentation was really interesting and enlightened me on the complexities and an example of obstacles that can appear throughout the life of a project. Other social meetings have been a great way to get to know the other members better, to learn more about them and what they do, and to get a better understanding of the transportation industry as a whole.

With all that the YPT-Pittsburgh Chapter has accomplished so far in its short existence, I would like to join the team as a chair member to help others have a great experience like I’ve had so far. I want to be a chair member so that I can help provide a setting where we can all share our ideas, learn from one another, and provide the future innovation to the transportation field.

 Vice Chair for Programs

The Vice Chair for Programs shall be responsible for coordinating speakers, dates, and locations for professional development programs and workshops. The Vice Chair for Programs shall be responsible for the organization of networking events.

Eileen Botti, Gibson Thomas Engineering Co., Inc.

I have spent seven years in the transportation industry working as a traffic and highway engineer. During this time, I have come to understand the importance of professional development and networking. Since joining YPT last year, I have attended several social events and participated in a board meeting. Each event has proven to be an excellent opportunity to network with and learn from other young professionals in the field. Due to these positive experiences, I have decided to pursue a position on the YPT Pittsburgh board. If elected to serve as Vice Chair for Programs, I will strive to plan events that are of interest and benefit to both members and friends of this organization. I look forward to planning networking and professional development events that will help to educate and expand the YPT Pittsburgh community.

 If you have questions about the elections process, please do not hesitate to contact us at pittsburghypt@gmail.com

Thank you and best of luck to all candidates,

David Jackson

Vice Chair for Administration
Young Professionals in Transportation-Pittsburgh


Past Events:

YPT Picnic – September 2014

YPT Summer picnic was held on Thursday, September 11 at Schenley Park.  It was a great evening of networking, games and of course good food!


Friends of the Riverfront Cleanup – June 2014

YPT spent a morning with Friends of the Riverfront, volunteering for a clean up day.  A special thanks to all those who participated!


 SR 28 Event – May 15, 2014

The SR 28 Project and Site Tour was held on May 15, 2014 at Red Fin Blues.  The event included networking and a personal session with Greg Cerminara, Vice President of Michael Baker Jr., Inc., PennDOT’s design consultant, who presented the design and construction complexities of the Route 28 project and shared the exciting features soon to be unveiled.  Greg has served as the consultant manager on this project since 2004 and is currently the Pittsburgh Transportation Group Principal at Michael Baker Jr., Inc.

PennDOT’s concerted efforts to upgrade the two-mile section of Route 28 between Millvale and Chestnut Street in Pittsburgh are steadily moving toward completion.  More than $100 million in construction funds have been invested into this essential link to Pittsburgh transforming it into a top-notch transportation facility.  The community has travelled this passage since the early 1800s and it now services 60,000 daily commuters.  The last of five construction contracts is currently underway to complete the much needed capacity, safety and geometric improvements.

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Young Member Joint Social was held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Steel Cactus in Shadyside.  YPT joined with other local young professionals for one of the largest networking events of the year. 

  YPT Pittsburgh Membership Meeting & Social Hour 

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, YPT Board Members held the monthly chapter meeting at Buckhead Saloon in Station Square and held a social hour following the meeting.   


Robotic Vehicles are Here, How do we Prepare to Meet and Live with Them?

On January 23, 2014, Stan Caldwell, Deputy Executive Director of the T-SET University Transportation Center (UTC) and Associate Director of the Traffic21 Initiative, presented upon Autonomous Vehicles.  The presentation and social hour to follow was held at Fuel & Fuddle in Oakland.

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YPT Pittsburgh held a free happy hour for members and friends at SoHo on the North Shore on Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:30-7:30 pm.  Members and friends enjoyed an evening of networking with the young professionals within the transportation communities. 


A Transit-Oriented Drinks happy hour made its way through Pittsburgh on July 17th, 2013.  The featured stops included NoLa on the Square, Buckhead Saloon (Station Square), and Shiloh Grill.  Thr group used multimodal transporation from one event spot to the next.  Special guests for the evening included Chris Sandvig, Regional Policy Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group’s GoBurgh Initiative and Breen Masciotra, Regional Outreach Director, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group’s GoBurgh Initiative.  A special thanks to all our members and friends that came to the FREE event! 

YPT Pittsburgh's first Transit-Oriented Drinks event allowed members a multimodal tour of the City.

YPT Pittsburgh’s first Transit-Oriented Drinks event allowed members a multimodal tour of the City.


An Evening with David Wohlwill, AICP, Port Authority of Allegheny County

On May 1, David Wohlwill joined YPT Pittsburgh to discuss the Port Authority’s current Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative in Pittsburgh.  The event was held at Fuel & Fuddle in Oakland and sparked a conversation on the options and improvements that BRT can bring to the Downtown-Oakland-East End corridor. 

David Wohlwill describes current Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) considerations for the Downtown-Oakland-East End corridor of Pittsburgh.

David Wohlwill describes current Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) considerations for the Downtown-Oakland-East End corridor of Pittsburgh.


District 11-0 Bridge Report”

YPT co-hosted a great opportunity for networking with the Association for Bridge Construction and Design on Thursday, March 21st, held at the Four Points Sheraton North in Cranberry, sponsored by CDM Smith. 

Louis Ruzzi, P.E., of PennDOT was the guest speaker. 


YPT joined AASHTO for their Trade Fair Reception at the Westin on November 16, 2012 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm and hosted a social hour to follow for young professionals at August Henry’s.  This event was open to those attending the AASHTO conference and additional members or friends of YPT.

Erin M. Dean

Chair, YPT-Pittsburgh


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