Mariska van Essen grew up in Ugchelen, a small village next to Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. In 2008 she moved to Enschede to study Civil Engineering at the University of Twente. After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she started specializing in the field of transportation engineering and management. She worked on her Master thesis about the development and evaluation of a day-to-day route choice model at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) in Blacksburg, Virginia, which is the second largest university-level transportation institute in the USA. Besides her study, she was secretary of the board of the local student sailing association.
A curiosity for route choice behavior and keen interest in transport modeling, analyses and simulations led her to pursue a PhD at the Center for Transport Studies (CTS). Here she conducts research on the potential of personalized travel information in order to influence route choice behavior and therewith approach system optimal network conditions.
In her spare free time she likes to enjoy the beautiful nature and historical cities around the Netherlands, especially by foot, bike or sailing vessel. She likes to participate in different sports and activities from time to time as well.
- 2014 – PRESENT: PhD Candidate, Centre for Transport Studies, University of Twente
- 2012-2014: Master Civil Engineering & Management, University of Twente; Thesis: One route or the other? Development and evaluation of a day-to-day route choice model incorporating the principles of inertial behavior and quantification of the indifference band based on a real-world experiment, (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA)
- 2008-2012: Bachelor Civil Engineering, University of Twente; Thesis: Herinrichting Busstation Rijssen (Gemeente Rijssen-Holten)
Awarded with the Master Thesis Award 2015 (CTW Faculty), University of Twente
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In the press
- ConcepTueel (2017). Taking the detour - Richting een efficienter gebruik van het wegennet. [in Dutch]. Edition 26-2, pp. 24-27.
- UT News Magazine (2016). Taking a detour - PhD Portraits. April 2016, p. 38.