CPP and UCLA LAX Tech Tour – Guest Post by Leslie Situ

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ITECPP was invited to join UCLA’s ITE Student Chapter on a joint tech tour at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on October 25th. The students were taken on a bus and driven around the surface level of the airport. The tour consisted of information on how airport operations are run and information about the different planes coming in and out of the airport.LAX Tout

The airport has 4 runways total; the southern side contains the longest ones at 12,000 feet and 11,000 feet. The other two runways located at the northern section of the airport are 10,000 feet and 9000 feet.

The students were taken on the southern side of the airport where the cargo airlines are located along with the catering companies. During the tour, students were able to witness many planes landing and taking off at a close up view while stationed at the end of the runway. There are around 1700-1800 operations happening per day at the airport with a peak of 2200 operations. During the peak hours there is an amazing view of the variety of planes queuing up in line ready to take off on all runways.LAX tour

Tom Bradley International terminal recently completed their phase 1 and opened to travelers, with the project costing 2.9 billion dollars the terminal will be opening in a series of phases. It will consist of new terminals that are able to handle new bigger aircrafts like the Airbus A380, which is the largest passenger aircraft in the world. The students were taken along the runway and were able to see the Tom Bradley International Terminal from the outside where the Airbus A380’s were parked.

By going to this tech tour students were able to learn about the different operations happening within the airport and the different improvements that are implemented to accommodate different types of aircrafts. Airplanes are one of the different modes of transportation, and this was a great opportunity for students to relate to.

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ITECPP at the Science Fair Expo: Guest Post by Brandon Wong

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Officers at Science Fair

The Cal Poly Pomona Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITECPP) was honored to attend the Science Fair EXPO on October 5. The Science Fair EXPO was co-hosted by San Bernardino County

Superintendent of Schools and Riverside County Office of Education to support the K-12 Science/STEM Education program. Elementary, middle school, and high school students from surrounding counties with an interest in math and science were in attendance to learn about the many different fields in math and science.The Science Fair EXPO consisted of consultations, presentation, exhibitor booths, and workshops. These were hosted by teachers, professors, high school and college students.

ITECPP participated in the Science Fair EXPO by displaying an exhibit and presenting on the discipline of civil engineering. The exhibitor booth included activities on structural and transportation engineering.Students were provided sheets of 8.5” x 11” copy paper and asked to roll them into columns to be able to support loads of textbooks. Continue reading

ITE’s Second Meeting w/ Guest Speaker Vikas Sharma

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ITE’s second meeting is this Thursday, Oct 17th during U-hour (12-1PM), in the Transpo Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Vikas Sharma as our guest speaker. He will be discussing what it means to have a career in traffic engineering, and will be reviewing the Crown Valley Parkway TSS Project. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Vikas is an experienced engineer/project manager with over 6 years of progressive experience in traffic signal synchronization, traffic microsimulation, transportation planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, parking studies, safety assessment of transportation facilities, ITS design and planning, statistical and accident modeling and general traffic engineering. He has worked on several traffic signal synchronization projects (over 1000 signals) throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County, Caltrans and San Bernardino County in Southern California and also assisted with previous PASS (Santa Clara) projects. His responsibilities on these projects included signal timing optimization, field finetuning and deployment of optimized signal timing at agencies’ Traffic Management Centers as well as field deployment of timing into various signal controllers. He is proficient in variety of software packages including Synchro 8, VISSIM 5.4, SIDRA, Tru-Traffic TS/PP 10.0, Traffix, Cube and AutoCAD. He is a faculty at California State University at Fullerton and has instructed several courses and ran workshops on traffic engineering, signal synchronization and Synchro/Simtraffic and Microsimulation Modeling at local universities and even at California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona in the past.

ITE’s First Meeting w/ Guest Speaker Zaki Mustafa

Zaki MustafaITE’s first meeting is this Thursday, Oct 3rd during U-hour (12-1PM), in the Transportation Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Zaki Mustafa as our guest speaker. He will be discussing how the Los Angeles Department of Transportation operates and also how to get ahead and succeed in life. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Zaki Mustafa, P.E., is the Principal Programs Engineer with the City of Los Angeles and is in charge of Project Delivery. He has been with the City for 29 years. He manages a staff of 155 professionals and has a budget of over $250 million. He is responsible for the delivery of the capacity enhancement and streetscape improvements, pedestrian and school safety improvement projects, Signal Synchronization program, prepare engineering plans for various traffic control devices such as traffic signals, speed feedback signs, left turn arrows, and striping plans for City streets, project management of all Measure R transit capital projects, traffic impact studies review site specific development projects for CEQA clearance purposes, and the implementation of the City adopted Bike Plan. Prior to this assignment he was the Chief of Field Operations with a staff of 275 professionals and a budget of $30 million.

Mustafa has been very active with the Institute of Transportation Engineers for more than 30 years and served at all levels of ITE leadership: as a Student Chapter President, Section President, District President, International Board, International Vice President and currently serves as the International President.

Recap – ITE’s Second General Meeting

ITE's 2nd General Meeting

ITE’s 2nd General Meeting

ITE Cal Poly Pomona’s 2nd
General Meeting featured guest speaker Mr. Zaki Mustafa, P.E. from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT).

Mr. Mustafa (Cal Poly Alumnus, ITE 2013 International President Elect) shared
his presentation on the “Keys For Success” to an audience of students and faculty. Mr. Mustafa’s stressed the importance of growing strong communication and technical skills, but also urged his audience to pursue volunteer opportunities and other involvements within Transportation Engineering before graduation. Mr. Mustafa concluded his presentation by offering the latest news and happenings within LADOT.

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ITE’s 2nd Meeting w/ Guest Speaker Zaki Mustafa

Zaki MustafaITE’s second meeting is this Thursday, Oct 11 during U-hour (12-1 PM), in the Transpo Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Zaki Mustafa as our guest speaker. As the newly elected President of ITE, he will be discussing how the Los Angeles Department of Transportation operates and also how to get ahead and succeed in life. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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Recap – ITE’s First General Meeting

Alyssa Reynolds presenting about Maintenance of Traffic Infrastructure

ITE Cal Poly Pomona’s 1st General Meeting featured guest speaker Ms. Alyssa Reynolds, P.E. from the City of Henderson, NV.

Ms. Reynolds shared her wide range of experiences in engineering, highlighting multiple issues to be considered at the start of civil improvement projects. As the past President of ITE’s Western District, she also stressed the benefits of becoming involved with ITE and the Transportation Engineering profession.

External V.P. Daniel David with Ms. Reynolds.

Among the General Announcements:

  • ITE’s annual planning for 2012-2013 was detailed
  • ITE’s Executive Board was introduced

Upcoming Events:

  • Carmaggedon Technical Tour: planned for the weekend of 10/6/2012 (details coming soon via email)

Next meeting:

10/11/2012 (Thursday): ITE’s 2nd General Meeting featuring Guest Speaker Zaki Mustafa, Los Angeles Department of Transportation.