Mentee Spotlight: Madelyn Marquardt

MadelynTransportation YOU participants are pretty spectacular. This month’s spotlight is on 17-year-old Madelyn Marquardt of the WTS Philadelphia Transportation YOU program. Madelyn has not only grown with the Transportation YOU program, but has consistently shown an interest in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and is also a WTS Philadelphia 2015 scholarship recipient. The mentors and leaders of the program describe Madelyn as someone who will soar far and will one day become a trailblazing professional in the transportation industry. Read below to learn more about Madelyn and her experience with Transportation YOU.
What has been your favorite Transportation YOU event?
My favorite event was the Dilworth Park tour and learning about how everything is connected physically, such as concourses and elevators, the design and construction processes, and the many types of engineers, designers, and architects that were needed for the project.

What do you think about the public transportation system in Philadelphia?
I think it’s very beneficial. Most people who come to the city or live in the city use it and it helps connect a lot of people. I don’t live in the city, but I am able come into the city a lot and sometimes I utilize the option to use the regional rail lines.

If you had unlimited funds, how would you change the transportation system?
I think the current system is in good shape, but I would do some general renovations to the older stations. I would do something family-oriented, something for people with very small kids, but I’m not exactly sure what that something is yet.

What are your plans after high school?
I haven’t decided what college I’m going to go to, but I’m thinking about studying engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
Most people know that I have an interest in engineering, math, and science, but I’m also interested in taking what I’m going to learn eventually and use it to be able to develop solutions that are creative for developing countries, because a lot of things that we have set up here can’t just be taken there because they may not work or because those countries cannot afford to maintain them. I would like to have a hand in developing these solutions.


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