Ms. Muñoz talked to members about a project she is currently working on for the City of Rolling Hills Estates (as the Project Manager and Traffic Engineer), which involved widening the roadway to allow for a Class 2 Bike Path, as well as improvements within the area. Ms. Muñoz also talked about the difficulties of a project, which could take a year to obtain an approval, among other issues such as finances and communication with designers and contractors. Before concluding her presentation, Ms. Muñoz gave advice and tips to members regarding time management and effectiveness as a Project Manager.
ITE’s third meeting is this Thursday, Oct 31st during U-hour (12-1PM), in the Transpo Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Vanessa Muñoz as our guest speaker. She will be presenting on the City of Rolling Hills Estates – Palos Verdes Drive North Bike Lane Project. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
Ms. Vanessa Muñoz is a Deputy Director of Engineering at Willdan with 15 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering. Her area of expertise includes traffic impact studies, engineering and traffic surveys, design and operations, municipal engineering, and operational analyses. She has designed over 300 signalized intersections for client cities, outside agencies, and Caltrans. Ms. Muñoz is an accomplished engineer for multi-discipline and multi-agency traffic and transportation projects and has supervised the completion of more than 1,000 projects, for a variety of large- to small-scale projects. She understands the importance of meeting schedules and developing the most cost-efficient project in order to meet budgetary constraints. She is responsible for analysis, coordination, and preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates for traffic signals, signing, striping, traffic control, flashing beacons, street lighting, interconnect, parking lots, street widening and resurfacing projects.
ITE Cal Poly Pomona held its 2nd General Meeting on Thursday, October 17. The guest speaker for the meeting was Vikas Sharma, P.E., an experienced engineer/project manager with a specialization in traffic engineering who has worked with Kimley-Horn and Associates and is currently teaching at Cal State Fullerton. You can read more about Mr. Sharma at http://itecpp.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/ites-second-meeting-w-guest-speaker-vikas-sharma/.
Mr. Sharma talked to members about what it means to work as a traffic engineer, such as answering phone calls from residents and clients, scheduling road and signal maintenance, and reviewing plans. Mr. Sharma also offered tips regarding job interviews, resumes, and building relationships. Getting involved in clubs such as ITE, building relationships with professors and professionals, and improving one’s technical skills will help one’s success in finding a job.
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.
In his presentation, Mr. Mustafa informed the audience about the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, as well as facts about Los Angeles County. Mr. Mustafa also spoke about his journey from being a student at Cal Poly Pomona to the position he holds today, and gave tips such as polishing the resume, looking professional, and joining professional organizations. He emphasized, “Anything is possible, as long as you work hard and get the job done.”