ICT Staff Spotlight: Nathan Townsend

Nathan Townsend, a native of Springfield, Illinois, is the research program coordinator for ICT. In that position, his primary responsibility is to ensure consistency and accuracy in managing the diverse research program that ICT administers as part of a multi-million dollar agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation.townsend_nathan-b (2)

As part of his duties, he says, “I handle the day-to-day ‘red tape,’ which allows ICT investigators to focus on their research.”

Nathan received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University in 2011. Between his sophomore and junior years, he served an internship with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

He followed up his undergraduate degree in 2011 with a master’s in business administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. While he was working on that degree, he took part in the Graduate Public Service Internship Program and assisted in the Research Coordination Unit of IDOT’s Bureau of Materials and Physical Research. He began working at ICT shortly after that, in August 2013.

In addition to his work as research program coordinator, Nathan is enrolled in the Sponsored Programs and Research Administration Certification program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Outside of work, Nathan “attempts to play golf well.” He also likes to ski, watch the Chicago Cubs, root for the Purdue Boilermakers, and beat his friends in fantasy football.

Nathan says the team environment at ICT is really great. “Everyone is willing help co-workers make sure ICT runs smoothly—that’s the benefit of working for an office with a small staff,” he explains.

“In my time at ICT—a little over two years—I have enjoyed seeing research projects progress from beginning to end. It has been rewarding to know that I have helped many projects develop from a simple idea into meaningful results that the State of Illinois can use.”