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

Recap – ITE’s First General Meeting

On Thursday, October 3, ITECPP held its 1st General Meeting of the 2013-2014 School Year. The Guest Speaker was Zaki Mustafa, P.E., the Principal Programs Engineer with the City of Los Angeles and the International President of ITE. You can find his biography at http://itecpp.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/ites-first-meeting-w-guest-speaker-zaki-mustafa/.

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.”

The general meeting also introduced the new officers for the school year. You can check out each officer’s biography at http://itecpp.wordpress.com/about-us/officers/.

In addition, membership forms are online! Get them here: http://itecpp.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/ite-membership-form-2013-1.pdf

Among the General Announcements:
  • We’re featured in YPT! (Young Professionals in Transportation)
  • We’re looking for help for the ITECPP 40th Year Anniversary! (logo design, etc.) Contact Jackie Tabares at jmtabares@csupomona.edu
  • Upcoming Tech Tours: RBF Consulting and Caltrans
  • Upcoming Events:
    • October 5th – 6th Annual Science Fair
    • October 6th – CicLAvia- Heart of LA
    • October 10th – ASCE / ITE Bowling Night
    • October 16th – SoCal ITE Meeting
    • October 17th – RSBITE Meeting

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 13th General Meeting

On Thursday, May 16, ITECPP held the 13th General Meeting of the Year. This meeting was hosted by Brandon Wong, Incoming Internal Vice President and Mary Haynes, Incoming E-Council Representative.

13th ITE General Meeting

The guest speaker for the meeting was Justin Fornelli, P.E., Chief of Transit and Rail Programs for the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). In his presentation, Mr. Fornelli talked about SANBAG as a County Transportation Authority due to the passing of Measure I, and how it affects implementing transit systems and projects in San Bernardino County.
Mr. Fornelli also discussed about a passenger rail project that is nearing construction in Downtown San Bernardino. This $90 million project will extend the existing Metrolink line to a transit center that is also in development. The goal is to help close the gap for commuters who visit the area.
Among the General Announcements:
-End of year shebang at Boomers on 5/25, unlimited wristbands for $13 (contact Joie)
-Ruben and Danee are at the RSBITE meeting today for senior presentations, wish them luck!
Next Meeting: 5/20/2013