Curriculum Vitae


PhD Candidate in Urban Planning

University of Toronto, Department of Geography and Planning
Dr. Steven Farber advising
(expected graduation by summer 2019)

Master of Arts in Geography

University of Cincinnati, College of Arts and Sciences
Graduated 2015
Dr. Michael Widener advising

Bachelor of Urban Planning

University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
Graduated 2012


Constructing a Routable Retrospective Transit Timetable from a Real­time Vehicle Location Feed and GTFS. Nate Wessel, Jeff Allen, & Steven Farber. Journal of Transport Geography. 2017.

Dwelling Type Matters: Untangling the Paradox of Intensification and Bicycle Mode Choice. Trudy Ledsham, Steven Farber, & Nate Wessel. Transportation Research Record. 2017.

Discovering the Space­Time Dimensions of Schedule Padding and Delay from GTFS and Real­Time Transit Data. Nate Wessel & Michael Widener. Journal of Geographical Systems. 2017.

Rethinking the Urban Bike Map for the 21 st Century. Nate Wessel & Michael Widener. Cartographic Perspectives. 2015.

Are Workers Attracted to Social Interaction Opportunities? A Study of Face­-to­-Face Contact Opportunities by Occupation and Industry. Nate Wessel & Steven Farber. Professional Geographer. (in press)

Distributional Effects of Transport Policies on Inequalities in Access to Opportunities in Rio De Janeiro. Rafael Pereira, David Banister, Tim Schwanen, & Nate Wessel. (under review)

Conference Presentations

De-emphasising Dead­-ends: Navigation in Today’s Dendritic Cities. NACIS 2016, Colorado Springs.

Social Interaction Potential and Employment Patterns Across US MSAs. NARSC 2016, Minneapolis.

Social Interaction Potential and Employment Patterns Accross US MSAs. NARSC 2016, Minneapolis.

Constructing a Routable Transit Network from a Real­time Vehicle Location Feed. GIScience 2016, Montreal.

Mapping Dead­ends: How and Where to consider Noise Reduction. AAG 2015, San Francisco.

A Nationwide Comparison of Racial Segregation in Metropolitan Regions: What can be Learned from a Social interaction approach. NARSC 2015, Portland.

Discovering Transit Schedule Padding from Publicly Available Data. AAG 2015, Chicago.

Rethinking the Urban Bike Map, NACIS 2014, Pittsburgh.

The Cincinnati Bike Map, East Lakes AAG, 2014, Kalamazoo. (poster)

The Geometry of Access, TRB Annual Meeting, January 2014, Washington DC. (poster)

Invited Talks

The Future of Transit in Cincinnati, Mercantile Library, March 2014. Panel Discussion.

Cincinnati Transit Map Launch, Contemporary Arts Center, May 2011. Talk followed by panel discussion (link to audio).

Media Coverage

Design Activist’s Handbook: How to Change the World with Socially Conscious Design. HOW Books, 2012.

Mapping Cincinnati Could Help Cyclists Rediscover It. Cincinnati Business Courier. November 13 2014.

University of Cincinnati Grad Student Blazes Trail with Detailed City Map for Cyclists. WCPO Cincinnati. October 30, 2014.

UC Student Creates a Map for Cincinnati Bikers. WVXU Cincinnati. October 21, 2014.

Five Transit Plans for the Future. Cincinnati Enquirer. March 2, 2014.

Wessel Goes to Washington. Metro Northsider. January 2012.

Make Your Own Transit Maps! A Success Story. Human Transit. May 2011.

UC Student Kickstarts Local Transit Map to Increase Ridership, Attract Businesses. Soapbox Cincinnati. April 12 2011.

Little Donations Go a Long Way to Get Projects Done. Cincinnati Enquirer. March 25, 2011.

Awards and Scholarships

Connaught International Scholarship. Summer 2015. ($140,000 over four years)

Winner, Student Map and Poster Competition, North American Cartographic Information Society

(NACIS) 2014 Annual Meeting ($500 award)

Equality Cincinnati Courage Scholarship. Summer 2011. ($1,000)

PFLAG Cincinnati Scholarship. June 2011. ($2,500)


People’s Liberty Project Grant, for the development of a real­time transit app ($10,000), June 2015.

Haile/US Bank Foundation grant for production costs of the Cincinnati Bike Map ($5,000), May 2014.

NACIS Student Travel Grant ($300, October 2016; $200, October 2014).

UC Graduate Student Governance Association Travel Awards ($800), January 2013 & October 2014.


Python, PHP, JavaScript, SQL, R


QGIS, PostGIS, GRASS, Proj4, OpenStreetMap


GIMP, Inkscape, R, HTML, SVG, CSS