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.
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 (email@example.com)
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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 6th General Meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2014. The guest speaker for this meeting was Jonathan Hofert. You can read more about Mr. Hofert at: http://itecpp.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/ites-second-general-meeting-w-rsbite-president-jonathan-hofert/.
Mr. Hofert, the RSBITE (Riverside-San Bernardino) President, introduced himself as a Cal Poly Pomona alumni, and presented about his work as Senior Traffic Engineer for Parsons Brinckerhoff, which included a couple of projects he is working along with Los Angeles Metro. Mr. Hofert also talked about his experience working as a senior project advisor for the Spring 2013 Quarter. Mr. Hofert encouraged members to be proactive in meeting with professionals, participating in student and professional meetings, and attending conferences.
Among the General Announcements:
- T-shirts will be delivered at the next meeting, we apologize for the delay.
- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo will be having an ITE Student Conference on February 15-17. Contact Mark for more information: email@example.com
- Cal Poly Pomona will be holding this year’s UCTC Conference on April 17-19.
See you at our next meeting on Thursday, February 6!