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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Accelerate >> Los Angeles event hosted by the LA chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) was a great opportunity to hear about big data and engaging the public. There was an overall agreement between all of the panelists that the transportation planning and engineering fields are venturing through some new territory with the immense amount of data now available as well as now having access to data that was previously too difficult to gather.
Panelists for big data described some of the general trends in industry. Rob Hranac, VP at Iteris, spoke about how data is being used from an operational perspective. Fascinating to see how we now have the capability to “see” individual vehicles as they travel along a road. You can determine not only the traditional speed and get a count but can also determine the size of vehicle, and it is all live! Ron Milam, Principal at Fehr & Peers, spoke on big data from the perspective of transportation planning. It’s amazing just how quickly a massive set of data can be attained and used to develop an accurate travel model. The models are now even more reliable; using mobile devices as data points, now we can know all of the actual origin-destination points without heavily relying on estimations or regressions.
The panelists discussed how there is a shift in the industry from expanding the transportation network to focusing more on managing the networks, and as Rob said, hopefully leading to efficiency and optimization. Another shift is going from measuring infrastructure to measuring travel experience. Instead of focusing solely on the average speed of drivers on a roadway, we now want to measure what that travel experience is like holistically. However, the data for active transportation, such as cycling and walking, still has some catching up to do. Especially since this is where privacy concerns tend to be, as your data is identifying a specific person, and no longer just a vehicle. The discussion ended with an agreement that bigger data doesn’t necessarily mean better data.
A Dodge Ram truck crashed into a guardrail, just as Caltrans engineers planned. At a cost of $250,000, the crash at this West Sacramento test track would be an expensive ride. But it’s a necessary one for safety.
Caltrans engineers have been taking a good, hard look at existing bridge rails, realizing they need to upgrade to save lives and protect their work crews.
They found that out the hard way when an out of control driver bounced off a median rail, came across three lanes of traffic, and slammed into Caltrans worker Mark Balsi. He lost a leg in the accident, but he helped Caltrans gain a new footing with an innovation called the Balsi Beam.
“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
On February 28, 2013, UCLA’s Complete Streets conference brought together students and professionals from the transportation field to discuss success stories and useful implementation tools for creating complete streets.
Why become a paid member of ITE CPP, why pay that membership fee? Do you want to be the first to find out about internships and opportunities? Do you enjoy our meetings and guest speakers? Do you want to become more involved? Do you want to have access to a whole lot of additional resources? Do you want to attend conferences and other events outside of Cal Poly Pomona? So many reasons to become a paid member! Start getting involved now!
- All membership fees go towards events and conference costs.
- Be able to attend the professional section meetings of ITE SoCal and RSBITE.
- Be able to attend tech tours.
- Be able to attend the Western District ITE Conference.
- Have your conference cost seriously subsidized by ITECPP.
- Be able to attend the International ITE Conference.
- Have access to all of the great resources at ITE.org
- Get involved with research and other projects.
- Be the first to find out about internships and job opportunities
- Free ITECPP shirt.
- Free food at all general meetings.
- Get more free stuff like cool apps and much more!
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.
ITE Cal Poly Pomona held its 8th General Meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The guest speaker for this meeting was Spencer Reed, Transportation Engineer for Fehr & Peers. You can read more about Mr. Reed at: http://itecpp.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/2305/
Mr. Reed presented on the transition to a successful career in engineering during and after college, providing tips on what an individual should look at for a job. This includes deciding whether to work in a specialized or diversified firm, the personality of potential co-workers, and the company mission values, among other tips. To conclude, Mr. Reed advised members to manage their own expectations in a potential job, to exceed others expectations, and to keep expanding their knowledge in the field.
Among the General Announcements:
- Interested in an ITE sweatshirt? Please contact Hector (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If you are a member and have not picked up this year’s T-Shirts, please come by to the next meeting.
- UCLA invited ITECPP to a technical tour at the Burbank Airport on February 21.
- ITECPP recently went to the ITE Student Leadership Summit at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; the summit was a great opportunity to network with students from other universities and professionals within the area.
- 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 (email@example.com)
- Online registration for UCTC Conference is now available! For more information, check out the website: http://uctc2014.atscpp.org.
- Other Events:
- Traffic Bowl – Saturday, February 22 – 11:30 AM – CSU Long Beach
- RSBITE Golf Tournament – Friday, March 21 – 8 AM – 2 PM
See you at our next meeting (last of the Winter Quarter) on Thursday, March 6!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com) 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!