Student Profiles

alison-holm-profileAlison Holm
Expected Graduation Year: 2016
Undergraduate Degree: Sociology

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
I’m really interested in how systems intersect and interact. For example, in energy planning, how a community gets and uses energy also has implications for transportation, land use, social justice and environmental issues, and influences how these systems relate to each other.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
Being exposed to the wide range of fields within planning illuminates how dynamic the profession is and has forced me to make connections among areas of planning that I wouldn’t necessarily have made otherwise. Interacting with practicing planners through classes and student organizations has also been extremely valuable to me.
What do you hope to be doing after graduating from the MURP program?
I’d like to be doing something related to energy planning after I graduate, but at this point in my educational career I’m still exploring the many possible routes one can take as a planner.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
Before starting MURP, I don’t think I fully comprehended how significant and long-lasting the effects of planning decisions can be. Federal transportation policy from the 1950s, for example, still has a dramatic impact on transportation, housing, and so many other areas of planning today.

tim-camarillo-profileTim Camarillo
Expected Graduation Year: 2018
Undergraduate Degree: Urban Studies and Planning

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
The planning issue I am most passionate about is Economic Development. To me it represents economic progress and vitality for our communities.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
Urban Economic Development and Urban Revitalization Strategies taught by Brad Segal and Anna Jones and to be published by PUMA and CU Denver. Working on the Town of Lyons Action Recovery Plan with Andrew Rumbach helped me learn and make a difference in Colorado.
What do you hope to be doing after graduating from the MURP program?
Working in a position that deals with economic empowerment.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
How much you can do as a MURP student and the difference you can make in communities.

alex-bergeronAlex Bergeron
Expected Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Degree: Dietetics

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
I am most interested in land use and land management within the context of environmental planning.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
Planning Law has been my favorite course as it has opened my eyes to the usefulness of the interpretation of law for the purposes of implementing plans and other initiatives. The urban sustainability courses were also highly enjoyable for me.
What do you hope to be doing after graduating from the MURP program?
I hope to find meaningful work in municipal or federal level planning, but not before taking some time to further explore this most-beautiful region.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
The amount of computer software programs that exist to help create the perfect plan!

tori-tillquistTori Tillquist
Expected Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Degree: Environmental Design

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
Mixed-use development and economic development are the two topics I am most interested in.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
Don Elliot’s Land Use Regulations was extremely helpful in understanding the basics of planning and development. The Planning Profession class opened my eyes to the wide array of professions available through the MURP program.
What do you hope to be doing after graduating from the MURP program?
I currently hold a full-time job while being a full-time student. I have been able to apply both of my master degrees (MURP & MBA) to become a project manager for a small development firm on Brighton Boulevard, which I hope to continue for a few years after graduation.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
Planners can affect their city not just by creating maters plans and designs, planners are able to affect every aspect from conceptual, political, theoretical, and implementation.

sulaiman-almazrouaSulaiman Almazroua
Expected Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Degree: Urban and Regional Planning

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
Sustainable tourism, transportation networks and urban studies.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
The courses most formative for me have been Urban Development, Sustainable Tourism Planning, and the Planning Workshop studio.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
The most unexpected thing that I have learned in the MURP program is the use of different drawing aids to solve planning problems.

jill-falchiJill Falchi
Expected Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Degree: Environmental Policy

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
Environmental justice, land and resource management, environmental planning, healthy cities, and smart growth are all incredibly interesting to me.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
My international study experience in Turkey exposed me to the elements of planning that can be applied universally. Small towns exist everywhere and there is value in maintaining their authenticity. Classes like GIS have taught me practical skills to expand how I can display my knowledge of planning in a visual manner. Lastly, internships are key and provide invaluable real-world experiences.
What do you hope to be doing after graduating from the MURP program?
Ideally begin my career as a planner preferably in a location where I can learn the fundamentals and develop my professional toolbox.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
Planners stick together. I will never forget the relationships I’ve built with my classmates and professors in this program.

maggie-lyonsMaggie Lyons
Expected Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Degree: Political Science

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
The planning issues I am most passionate about are economic development and smart growth.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
Urban Redevelopment Strategies; Real Estate Development Finance; Planning Workshop.
What do you hope to be doing after graduating from the MURP program?
I want to stay in Denver and be working the realm of downtown redevelopment, economic development, and sustainable growth.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
I have learned what a widespread career planning is, and how many unique paths every individual in the program can take!

Abdulaziz-AlmulhimAbdulaziz Almulhim
Expected Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Degree: Urban and Regional Planning

What planning issues are you most passionate about?
I am very interested in water conservation; the importance of potable water speaks for itself, but takes on even greater importance when focused on a region such as Saudi Arabia.
Which courses have been most formative for you? 
The coursework that has focused on Disaster/Climate Change Planning has been very informative. I have learned about theories and climate models that help predict future climate changes. Another course that has caused me to think more deeply is Natural and Built Environments.
What do you hope to be doing after graduating from the MURP program?
I am very much looking forward to pursuing a PhD in the same field. I can best serve my home region by becoming an expert in the field.
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned in the MURP program so far?
I earned my BS in Saudi Arabia and the coursework was good but very general. In the US, I was taken aback at the more rigorous focus of course study—but, this is challenging and gives me a deeper knowledge of my field.