ITE’s Second General Meeting Recap

ITE Cal Poly Pomona held its 2nd General Meeting on Thursday, October 17. The guest speaker for the meeting was Vikas Sharma, P.E., an experienced engineer/project manager with a specialization in traffic engineering who has worked with Kimley-Horn and Associates and is currently teaching at Cal State Fullerton. You can read more about Mr. Sharma at http://itecpp.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/ites-second-meeting-w-guest-speaker-vikas-sharma/.

Mr. Sharma talked to members about what it means to work as a traffic engineer, such as answering phone calls from residents and clients, scheduling road and signal maintenance, and reviewing plans. Mr. Sharma also offered tips regarding job interviews, resumes, and building relationships. Getting involved in clubs such as ITE, building relationships with professors and professionals, and improving one’s technical skills will help one’s success in finding a job.
Among the General Announcements:
  • Membership is $20 before October 31! You can find the membership form at: http://itecpp.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/ite-membership-form-2013-1.pdf and bring your form at the next General Meeting.
  • RBF Tech Tour – Friday, November 15 (Limited to 15 spots)
  • LAX Tech Tour (with UCLA ITE) – Friday, October 25 (Deadline to register: October 17 – Contact Mark: mdshisler@csupomona.edu)
  • We’re looking for help for the ITECPP 40th Year Anniversary! (logo design, etc.) Contact Jackie Tabares at jmtabares@csupomona.edu
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Blazing Challenge on Wednesday. Thank you for coming and supporting ITE!
 Upcoming Events:
  • October 24th –  Engineering Club Fair at Building 17 Atrium during U-Hour
  • October 24th – OCTEC Meeting
  • October 26th – Traffic Workshop (8am-3:30pm in Buena Park)
  • November 5th-7th – High Speed Rail Conference in Downtown LA
  • November 15th – ASCE/ITE Civil Day 

ITE’s Second Meeting w/ Guest Speaker Vikas Sharma

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ITE’s second meeting is this Thursday, Oct 17th during U-hour (12-1PM), in the Transpo Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Vikas Sharma as our guest speaker. He will be discussing what it means to have a career in traffic engineering, and will be reviewing the Crown Valley Parkway TSS Project. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Vikas is an experienced engineer/project manager with over 6 years of progressive experience in traffic signal synchronization, traffic microsimulation, transportation planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, parking studies, safety assessment of transportation facilities, ITS design and planning, statistical and accident modeling and general traffic engineering. He has worked on several traffic signal synchronization projects (over 1000 signals) throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County, Caltrans and San Bernardino County in Southern California and also assisted with previous PASS (Santa Clara) projects. His responsibilities on these projects included signal timing optimization, field finetuning and deployment of optimized signal timing at agencies’ Traffic Management Centers as well as field deployment of timing into various signal controllers. He is proficient in variety of software packages including Synchro 8, VISSIM 5.4, SIDRA, Tru-Traffic TS/PP 10.0, Traffix, Cube and AutoCAD. He is a faculty at California State University at Fullerton and has instructed several courses and ran workshops on traffic engineering, signal synchronization and Synchro/Simtraffic and Microsimulation Modeling at local universities and even at California Polytechnic Institute, Pomona in the past.