Freyja Brandel-Tanis


City Planner | Civil Engineer | She/Her

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Current Work

Fulbright research grantee
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway
August 2022 - Present
Researching the role of digital twins in sustainable transportation planning and decision-making.

Prior Work

Graduate Research Assistant
Georgia Tech Friendly Cities Lab
August 2021 - May 2022
Risk Expansion Developer for the COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.
Contributing developer of the localcovid19now package.
Co-author on papers about the localcovid19now package and counteracting misinformation.

Planning and Engineering Intern
City of Douglasville Community Development Department
May 2021 - August 2021
My primary responsibilities included plan review and developing a framework for future sustainability projects in line with the ARC’s Green Communities Program.

Graduate Research Assistant
Georgia Tech
January 2021 - May 2021
Designed and programed an interactive map of autism services in Georgia using R, Shiny, Leaflet, and SQL
Cleaned and aggregated medical service, transportation, and demographic data from public and independent sources

Transportation Planning Intern
Modern Mobility Partners
May 2020 - December 2020
Analyzed data and performed quality assurance in ArcMap, Excel, and R for current projects and proposals
Determined best practices to improve in-house analyses and cowrote a white paper on anti-displacement strategies
Recommended R and Shiny to supervisors and built analysis applications for in-house use and client projects

Graduate Assistant
Georgia Tech
January 2020 - December 2020
Supervised undergraduate researchers in QAQC work for sidewalk inventory and economic estimation
Analyzed QAQC process for NCST Report

Graduate Research Assistant
Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development
August 2019 - May 2020
Prepared data from public sources and partner organizations using R and Excel for transportation projects
Composed and presented literature reviews and reports for proposals and current research


Master of City and Regional Planning
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Specializing in Transportation Planning and Transportation Systems Engineering
August 2022

Bachelor of Arts
Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Major in Mathematics, Concentration in Nordic Studies
May 2018

National Service - AmeriCorps

Construction Volunteer Facilitator with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
August 2018 - August 2019

Grants, honors & awards

2022 Fulbright-Hays Grant, US-Norway Fulbright Foundation for Educational Exchange
2022 APA Outstanding Student Award, Georgia Tech School of City & Regional Planning
2021 Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin Lopez Rinehart Fellowship, Georgia Tech School of City & Regional Planning



Brandel-Tanis, F. (2021, October 6-8). Deadhead Minimization with a Flexible Facility Locator Tool [Student research presentation]. 2021 JointTAPA/GPAFall Conference, Chattanooga, TN, United States.

Panel Participant

Fellowships, Scholarships, Internships & Other Paths for Your Career, National Planning Conference 2021,May 5-7, 2021.

Poster Presentations

Todd, K. & Brandel-Tanis, F. (2021, January 21-29). Deadhead Minimization with a Flexible Facility Locator Tool [Poster presentation]. 2021 TRB Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., United States (Virtual).


Centering Queer Experiences in Planning: Panel Discussion for Students and Recent Graduates, APA’s LGBTQ and Planning Division. Webinar. November 16, 2022.


Student Representative for APA LGBTQ and Planning Division (2021)
President of the Student Planning Association (SPA), Georgia Tech (May 2020 - May 2021)
Won APA’s 2021 Outstanding Planning Student Organization Award