Monica M. Suter, PE, TE, PTOE for the City of Santa Ana, CA is currently an International Director with ITE. She previously served as Western District President (2008-2009) and promoted the profession with her “Getting to ‘Yes’ With the Public & Elected Officials” presentation. She manages an engineering team for the City of Santa Ana with 26 years of private and public sector experience. Ms. Suter joined ITE as a Michigan State University student. Since then she’s presented/published several International/District ITE papers, and served as a co-instructor for ITS Tech Transfer/UC Berkeley’s MUTCD Course. Ms. Suter is a Signals Technical Committee Member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and was an ITE Associate Member in 2011. She is currently an APWA Associate Member.
ITE’s general meeting is Thursday, January 23rd during U-hour (12-1PM), in the Transpo Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Jonathan Hofert as our guest speaker. He will be discussing his path to becoming President of the Riverside San Bernardino section of ITE (RSBITE) Section and his current Transit related project he is currently working on (Expo2 LRT and Metro IRWL). Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
Jonathan is an engineer with 7 years of experience in traffic and transportation engineering design, he started off by working as an Intern for the City of Corona in 2003, and then he worked for RBF Consulting and now he is working for Parsons Brinckerhoff as a senior engineer in the traffic engineering group. I joined ITE after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona, with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in Transportation. I continued my education at Cal Poly Pomona by receiving a master’s degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Transportation. His passion for Cal Poly did not stop at two degrees, he continues is a part time lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona teaching such classes as Highway Lab and advising senior projects. He is familiar with California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and various Southern California counties’ and cities’ design standards, guidelines, rules and regulations, which he acquired while working on transportation projects throughout the region. Among the many tasks he has performed are traffic design, transportation planning and traffic studies, transportation safety related research, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) design, highway geometric design, and construction management services. Jonathan’s traffic and transportation detailed expertise includes traffic signal, traffic control, signing/striping, signal timing, signal/stop/lighting warrant analysis, and lighting design. In addition to his engineering expertise, Jonathan is proficient in using a variety of traffic and civil engineering software.
“You guys just did several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of engineering studies for us, for free. Thank you.” – Mike Biagi, Director of Parking and Transportation Services for Cal Poly Pomona.
(Edit April 2nd: The campus newspaper, The Poly Post, published a half-page article on our work, read all about it!!)
Over the winter quarter, a group of 20 students worked on several transportation-engineering projects for the campus. This was initiated last year, when ITE approached campus officials to identify what some of the campus’s needs are and what we can do as civil engineering students. We developed five projects: Roundabout Study, Intersection Study, Parking Study, Policy Position Study, and Traffic Control Device Database project. Continue reading
In cooperation with the Los Angeles Education Partnership and the East LA Renaissance School of Urban Planning and Design we will be developing and delivering a weekly course at the high school introducing students to Civil Engineering and the Transportation field. The students will be working on a “mini-capstone” project, which they will present to their friends and guests representing industry. We will be taking a real location and project, understand it, simplify it, and then teach it through once a week classes for nine weeks.
How you can help
We need volunteers to help organize and develop the course material. This is not as simple as it sounds. It will require reviewing and understanding the project documents to become familiar with the existing project. Then a simplified version must be developed, that would cover the core concepts of Civil Engineering, including the structural, geotechnical, environmental, and transportation engineering. Then the material must be effectively communicated to the students. This means organizing the material, providing examples and performing demonstrations, all the while making sure to cover the CA educational standards.
What you will get out of it
A 2 unit technical elective course is being put together for students who want to participate. This is also a great opportunity to really become involved in understanding what the basic fundamental concepts of Civil Engineering are. You can also develop your communication and presentation skills in front of an audience. As the saying goes, “Teaching is the highest form of understanding”.
There is much more to this project, so get in touch with us, and lets get started!