Karen Aspelin received her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and her Master’s in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. She has been working as a transportation engineering consultant for over 20 years, in Las Vegas, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Karen has known she wanted to be a traffic engineer ever since she got her first Fisher Price Little People parking garage in the early 1970s. Her service to ITE has included sitting on the executive committee of the Traffic Engineering Council, serving as the General Chair of the Western District annual meeting held in Albuquerque in 2001, going through the officer ranks of the New Mexico Section, serving as the Western District Technical Committee Chair for 9 years, and she is now the president of the Western District. Karen has been married 18 years and has two children in middle school.
ITE Cal Poly Pomona held its 9th General Meeting on Thursday, March 6, 2014. The guest speaker for this meeting was Gianfranco Laurie, Project Engineer for RBF Consulting. You can read more about Mr. Laurie at: http://wp.me/p1T2QL-Bp
Mr. Laurie gave a brief presentation about a project he worked on, the Oso Creek Multi-Use Trail Project. His responsibilities included: the preparation of roadway/bike trail signing and striping, traffic signal modification, and in-roadway warning lights designs. Mr. Laurie provided members with actual plans of the project and gave tasks similar to what an entry-level engineer would perform.
Among the General Announcements:
- ITECPP is looking for members interested in running for a position for the 2014-2015 school year! Nominations will be held at the first Spring Quarter meeting and Elections the following meeting. Please see http://itecpp.wordpress.com/about-us/officers/ to get in contact with an officer if interested.
- ITECPP will be hosting the 40th Anniversary Dinner on May 23rd, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. This is a great networking opportunity! Contact Jackie for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A section of CE499 for Transportation Studies will open for Spring Quarter! It will be a 3 unit course on Fridays, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and completion of CE222 (Highway Engineering) is desired. If interested, class number for BroncoDirect is 35507.
- SoCal ITE and San Diego ITE Joint Meeting Friday, March 14
- RSBITE Golf Tournament – Friday, March 21 – 8 AM – 2 PM
Have a great Spring Break!
Mr. Laurie has over 6 years of experience in both civil and traffic engineering designs. He has worked on a number of transportation improvement projects. He prepares and finalizes plans, specifications and estimate (PS&E) documents. His recent projects have involved a multi-use trail, street improvements, traffic control, traffic signals, and signing and striping.
Mr. Laurie will present Oso Creek Multi-Use Trail Project, in the City of Laguna Niguel. He is responsible for the preparation of roadway/bike trail signing and striping, traffic signal modification, and in-roadway warning lights designs. Mr. Laurie will provide a quick overview of the project and afterwards will lead the class into a workshop. The workshop will be preparing preliminary signing and striping, traffic signal modification, and in-roadway warning lights design plans. Workshop will be tailored for students as a potential work task for entry level engineers.
Spencer Reed will be speaking on how to find employment and succeed within the engineering industry. He is a transportation engineer at Fehr & Peers in Los Angeles. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in December 2011 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During his time in school, Spencer was able to complete a variety of internships that allowed him to learn more about the transportation industry. Through his education and internships he was able to find a position at Fehr & Peers where he has the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging and fulfilling projects. His project work and technical experience includes microsimulation modeling, traffic impact studies, travel demand modeling, and bicycle and pedestrian planning.
ITE Cal Poly Pomona held its 7th General Meeting on Thursday, February 6, 2014. The guest speaker for this meeting was Monica Suter, PE, TE, PTOE. You can read more about Ms. Suter at: http://itecpp.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/2288/.
Ms. Suter presented on the number of opportunities that students could work in the transportation engineering industry. This includes freeway design, Intelligent Transportation Systems, or a traffic management center. Ms. Suter also explained to members about information overload and how engineers should communicate with the public to minimize risk and allow for a safer drive. Before concluding her presentation, Ms. Suter provided some useful tips for resumes and interviews, such as learning from good and bad experiences, sharing your skills to others, and working to understand your potential employers.
Among the General Announcements:
- T-Shirts are now available! If you are a member and have not picked up your shirts, come by to the next meeting.
- A Parking Study will be performed on Thursday, February 13 between 6am – 8 pm. Please contact Hector (email@example.com) for more information.
- ITECPP is looking for help with the 40th Anniversary Banquet, which will be open to all members and officers, past and present. Please contact Jackie (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested.
- The ITE Student Leadership Summit at San Luis Obispo is now $80 to attend. It will be on February 15-17.
- Cal Poly Pomona will be holding this year’s UCTC Conference on April 17-19. You can see the website here: http://uctc2014.atscpp.org.
- Traffic Bowl – Saturday, February 22 – CSU Long Beach
- Chicken Tacos Fundraiser – Tuesday, February 18 – Between Buildings 9 & 17
- RSBITE Meeting – Thursday, February 20
- Chi Epsilon Job Fair – Thursday, February 27
- Broomball (ITE Co-Hosting Event) – Friday, February 28
- RSBITE Golf Tournament – Friday, March 21
- Laser Tag – To Be Announced
See you at our next meeting on Thursday, February 20!