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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L.A.’s 6th Street Bridge Design Competition

HNTB, an engineering and architectural firm founded in Kansas City, Mo., has won a competition to redesign and replace the 6th Street Bridge over the Los Angeles River between downtown and Boyle Heights.

The double arches of the iconic 80-year-old bridge, which engineers fear would crumble in an earthquake, will be replaced with a sleek, cable-supported structure that features a “ribbon of arches,” City Engineer Gary Lee Moore said as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials announced the winner Friday.

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ITE’s 2nd Meeting w/ Guest Speaker Zaki Mustafa

Zaki MustafaITE’s second meeting is this Thursday, Oct 11 during U-hour (12-1 PM), in the Transpo Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Zaki Mustafa as our guest speaker. As the newly elected President of ITE, 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!

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Young Professionals in Transportation: LA Kickoff

The LA Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation is holding its kickoff event Tuesday, February 28th! Guest speaker Alexis Lantz of the LA County Bicycle Coalition will talk about bike and pedestrian advocacy in Los Angeles, followed by an informal reception downstairs at Spring Street Bar. Light refreshments will be served. Facebook Event

When: Tuesday, February 28, 7pm
Where: 634 S. Spring St. Los Angeles (map)
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Educational Outreach Project at High School

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In cooperation with the Los Angeles Education Partnership and the East LA Renaissance School of Urban Planning and Design we will be developing and delivering a weekly course at the high school introducing students to Civil Engineering and the Transportation field. The students will be working on a “mini-capstone” project, which they will present to their friends and guests representing industry. We will be taking a real location and project, understand it, simplify it, and then teach it through once a week classes for nine weeks.

How you can help

We need volunteers to help organize and develop the course material. This is not as simple as it sounds. It will require reviewing and understanding the project documents to become familiar with the existing project. Then a simplified version must be developed, that would cover the core concepts of Civil Engineering, including the structural, geotechnical, environmental, and transportation engineering. Then the material must be effectively communicated to the students. This means organizing the material, providing examples and performing demonstrations, all the while making sure to cover the CA educational standards.

What you will get out of it

A 2 unit technical elective course is being put together for students who want to participate. This is also a great opportunity to really become involved in understanding what the basic fundamental concepts of Civil Engineering are. You can also develop your communication and presentation skills in front of an audience. As the saying goes, “Teaching is the highest form of understanding”.

There is much more to this project, so get in touch with us, and lets get started!