Department of Political Science

Meet Our Students

Meet some of our 2018 graduating students and learn more about their work.


Indrani Das
Das is a December 2018 graduate of the Master of Community Planning at Auburn University. She completed her Bachelors in Business Administration from Independent University Bangladesh and a Master of Business Administration from University of Chittagong. Visit her ePortfolio to find out more and browse through examples of her academic work at


James Howell
The public professional's goal is the effective delivery of services that enrich and enable communities from all walks of life. Their work enables society to prosper through an educated and available citizenry. They endeavor to find and address the root causes of problems and then create alternatives. They are accountable. An ever-changing world means longevity and adaptability are bound together. Public servants recognize this to promote sustainable paths for their communities to thrive economically and socially. View Jay's ePortfolio at


Felix Huang
Huang describes himself as an urbanist with a passion for developing walkable and sustainable neighborhoods. As a city planner, he is a firm believer in prioritizing community health, efficiency, and equity. Projects that he has worked on include a pedestrian plan for Prattville, AL, a neighborhood plan for Madison, WI, and a walkability plan for Opelika, AL. Learn more about these and other projects at


Yuying Huang
With a bachelor's degree in Business English, but a love to challenge the unknown, Huang started a master's degree in a different subject area to gain design skills. During her two years at Auburn, she has excelled in GIS and quantitative methods classes, and also developed skills to become an outstanding planner. With the belief that K–12 education can drive regional economic development, she interned with Veritas Collegiate Academy in Fairfax, Virginia as an economic development consultant where she used GIS skills for the selection of a new school area. Huang was excited about this project and the skills gained that helped prepare her for her future planning career. Learn more about these projects at


Jeffrey James
James is a Spring 2018 MCP graduate and very goal-oriented. His short-term objective is to find a challenging entry level position in a local government organization. His long-term objective focuses on a strong career in local government, effectively working towards the platinum rule taught to him by his mentors, "Treat others the way they want to be treated." View Jeffrey's ePortfolio at


DeAndra Navratil
Effective community planning has the power to transform communities with thriving citizens, successful businesses and beautiful environments. Everywhere she goes, whether the Czech Republic, India or Ohio, Navratil finds herself observing her surroundings and how it interacts with the people. This is what inspires her each and every day -- planning for the people, with the people. Learn more about DeAndra at


Tram Vo
Vo will be a December 2018 MCP graduate of Auburn University. She holds a Bachelor of Finance and Banking from Vietnam and worked for 2 years at the Bank and the Prudential Insurance Company in Vietnam. She is open-minded, flexible, creative and responsible, working well under pressure, as noted by her many awards from her employer. These experiences led her to furthering her studies abroad with hopes of becoming a planner for a city and community. View Tram's ePortfolio at

For more information

Sweta Byahut

Sweta Byahut

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Community Planning Program
Department of Political Science
Auburn University, AL 36849
8020 Haley Center
(334) 844-8436

Last Updated: July 12, 2018