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:

Ethan Taylor


Upcoming Events & News

Hello, YPT-Pittsburgh members and Friends!

The 2015-2016 Board:

  • Chair – Ethan Taylor, PennDOT
  • Deputy Chair – Bill Athanas, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Secretary/Vice Chair for Administration – Open Position
  • Treasurer/Vice Chair for Finance – Patrick Minnaugh, CDM Smith
  • Vice Chair for Programs – Eileen Botti, Gibson Thomas Engineering Co., Inc.
  • Vice Chair for Communications – Haris Fetahagic, CDM Smith
  • Student Representative – Open position

Upcoming Events:


Hosted by Courtney Ehrlichman, Deputy Executive Director of Traffic21

Friday, September 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – Noon

Autonomous Vehicle Lab | Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Come join YPT Pittsburgh for an exciting tour of the Autonomous Vehicle Lab on CMU’s campus!


Carnegie Mellon University, the birthplace of Autonomous Vehicles, has over 30 years of experience with self-driving car technology.  They are opening their doors to YPT Members to tour the lab and get a closer look at their autonomous vehicles.


The tour will start at 10 A.M. sharp outside of Newell-Simon Hall (see circled area in attached map for meeting location).  Suggested parking locations are the East Campus Garage (circled in attached map) or the lots for the Carnegie Museum at the intersection of Forbes and Craig.


To RSVP, please email Patrick Minnaugh (minnaughpl@cdmsmith.com), YPT Pittsburgh’s Chair. This is a free tour, with no payment necessary!  There is a limited number of openings for the tour, so slots will be filled based upon the order of emails received.


Hope to see you there!

Past Events:

YPT Networking Event Social at Sienna Mercato! 

YPT will be hosting a networking event social at Sienna Mercato to welcome all YPT Members and YPT Friends from around the world who are visiting Pittsburgh. Friends and members of YPT (both local and out-of-towners) are invited to meet and mingle at Il Tetto, the rooftop beer garden at Sienna Mercato. Come get to know your fellow transportation professionals and students while surrounded by downtown Pittsburgh’s skyline! The event will be held on Friday, May 20 at 5:30 PM-7:30 PM and will feature free light appetizers and a cash bar.


Friday, May 20 at 5:30 PM on the rooftop of Sienna Mercato (NOTE NEW DATE!!!)

942 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Event will be held rain or shine thanks to the retractable roof!

Cash bar

Free appetizers sponsored by YPT International

To RSVP, email Patrick Minnaugh at minnaughpl@cdmsmith.com


Hope to see you there!

Autonomous Vehicle Event – Tuesday, April 19,2016

University Club | 123 University Place | Pittsburgh, PA 15260

$25 for Members | $30 for Non-Members | Free for Student Members |$10 for Student Non-Members

Featuring a Presentation from Courtney Ehrlichman, Deputy Executive Director of Traffic21

The Traffic21 Institute is a multi-disciplinary research effort of Carnegie Mellon University tasked with designing, testing, deploying, and evaluating information and communications technology based solutions to address the problems facing the transportation system of the Pittsburgh region and the nation. This is a great opportunity to learn about developments in autonomous vehicle technology while networking with professionals and students in the transportation industry!

Please RSVP to Patrick Minnaugh (minnaughpl@cdmsmith.com).  Payment can be made via PayPal form below, or with cash or check at the door.

Click here for YPT Member Fee of $25
Click here for Non-Member Fee of $30
Click here for Student Non-Member fee of $10
Free for YPT Student Members: Sign up for YPT here!

Friends of the Riverfront  Volunteer Event- Saturday, April 16,2016

River Avenue | Location Map | Pittsburgh, PA 15212

On April 16, YPT Pittsburgh is partnering with Friends of the Riverfront and CDM Smith to plant trees along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Come join us as we restore and revitalize Pittsburgh’s riverfronts! Drinks and snacks will be provided by CDM Smith.

The work site is located along River Avenue on the North Side, approximately a half mile north of Veterans Bridge and a short distance up the road from Heinz Lofts. (Google Map) Parking may be limited near the actual work site, so participants should plan to allow some extra time to find parking and walk to the site.

To RSVP, please email Haris Fetahagic, YPT Pittsburgh’s Communications Chair.

Hope to see you there!

Diverging Diamond Interchange Social Hour – April 2015

Project Manager David Kozel, P.E. presented on Pennsylvania’s first diverging diamond interchange. Find out more about the project here.

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! Please check back soon for upcoming events.

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.

31st iso


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.

YPT Pic 1(REV)


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.