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Transit Engineer and Operations Specialist VHB
Education: Northeastern University, bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering with a transportation focus
Career highlights: Bendyk interned at VHB's transit and rail group through Northeastern's co-op program. He joined VHB as a full-time employee in 2010. He performs transit operations assessment and planning, and engineering tasks for transportation agencies and authorities, including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Why rail? "I was always interested in transportation as a broad topic. But the transit and rail group started selling me when I was working as an intern with VHB."
Making a difference in rail transportation: Using Berkley Simulation's Rail Traffic Controller simulation modeling software, Bendyk has performed operation analyses and developed simulations of major transportation expansions in the Boston area, including the South Station Expansion, South Coast Rail and Green Line Extension.
Five-year goal: "Eventually, I want to start managing projects. Soon, I hope to have a PE [license], as well. Then, when I start managing those projects I will understand as much about transit-rail engineering as possible so that I can lead as best as I can."
Active in: American Railway Engineering and Maintenance Association, junior member
His philosophy: "My parents brought me up to always do the best that I can. I bring that approach with me everywhere I go in my career."
Nominator's observation: "Josh developed a new operation model for the MBTA Green Line Extension project that needed to define the infrastructure, location of the new yard facilities and identify the amount of vehicles needed to support the additional operations. The result [is] a light-rail service that doesn't just barrel through a community, but one that serves its passengers and extends the reach of high-frequency, convenient rapid transit to underserved neighborhoods." — Terry Byrne, VHB