Anna Schwartz is a full-time adventurer obsessed with new technologies, travel and creative designs. She heads up Associated Consulting Services and spends her spare time honing her artistic skills.


Cornell University, Ph.D. in Infrastructure Systems and Transportation Engineering, 2011
Dissertation: “Strategic Planning for Shelter Locations and Transportation under Hurricane Conditions”
Advisor: Linda K. Nozick

The University of Hong Kong, Master's Degree in Water and Environmental Engineering, 2006

Tianjin University (China), Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, 2004

Papers and Conferences

Anna Schwartz (2017). "Data, modeling, and transportation policies", Information Exchange with Shenzhen Urban Transport Planning Center, hosted by University of Minnesota.

Anna Schwartz
, Jay Hietpas, Chris Roy (2014). “Cost Estimating and Cost Management Practices.” Draft Report, Office of Project Management and Technical Support, Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Anna Schwartz, Cory Johnson (2013). “Active Traffic and Safety Research Projects – 2013 Annual Report.” Office of Traffic, Safety and Technology, Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Anna C.Y. Li, Linda Nozick, Rachel Davidson, Brian Wolshon, Nathanael Brown, Dean A. Jones (2011). “Approximate solution procedure for dynamic traffic assignment.” ASCE, Journal of Transportation Engineering, 139(8).

Anna C.Y. Li, Linda Nozick, Ningxiong Xu, Rachel Davidson (2012). “Shelter location and transportation planning under hurricane conditions.” Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 48(4).

Anna C.Y. Li, Ningxiong Xu, Linda Nozick, Rachel Davidson (2011). “Integrated shelter location analysis and transportation planning for hurricane events.” Conference of Solutions to Coastal Disasters, Anchorage, AK.

Work History

President, Associated Consulting Services LLC (2016 – Present)
As the founder, Anna is responsible for acquiring, managing and delivering every project in the company. Her focus areas include data analysis, traffic engineering, traffic safety assessment, transportation planning, freeway and arterial traffic operations.

Work Zone Traffic Analysis and Pavement Marking Engineer, MnDOT (2014 – 2016)                                          
Led the production of high quality pavement marking plans and development of traffic simulation models for work zone staging analysis. Anna also served as the technical advisor on several University research projects.

Rotation Engineer Program, MnDOT (2012 – 2014)
During the first two years at MnDOT, Anna joined the Engineering rotation program to gain a broader perspective on transportation industry. She worked on roadway design, utilities, bridge construction, pavement research, and intelligent transportation systems.

Research Associate, Department of Civil Engineering, Cornell University (Jan – May 2012)
Developed a mesoscopic dynamic traffic assignment model using the DynusT modeling framework for the New Orleans metropolitan area. This model was used to test and compare with the Cornell DTA model (developed by Anna as part of her Ph.D. dissertation).  

Awards and Achievements

  • “Project Leadership, Management and Communications” certification, The George Washington University School of Business (2013)
  • “National Incident Management System” certification, FEMA Emergency Management Institute (2012)
  • Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship (2008)
  • Best Student Award for four consecutive years, Tianjin University (2002)
  • Procter & Gamble Ltd. Scholarship (2000)
  • Motorola Inc. Scholarship (1998)
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently."
Warren Buffett
Fun Stuff

Hobbies and Interests

Who do not love to travel?
They are great companions!
Furry Friends
In the state of 10,000 lakes!
The way you drink matters!
Wine Tasting
Handcrafted natural skincare products
Necessary skill for petites

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