ITE’s third meeting is this Thursday, Oct 31st during U-hour (12-1PM), in the Transpo Lab (17-2646). We will be hosting Vanessa Muñoz as our guest speaker. She will be presenting on the City of Rolling Hills Estates – Palos Verdes Drive North Bike Lane Project. Free lunch will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
Ms. Vanessa Muñoz is a Deputy Director of Engineering at Willdan with 15 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering. Her area of expertise includes traffic impact studies, engineering and traffic surveys, design and operations, municipal engineering, and operational analyses. She has designed over 300 signalized intersections for client cities, outside agencies, and Caltrans. Ms. Muñoz is an accomplished engineer for multi-discipline and multi-agency traffic and transportation projects and has supervised the completion of more than 1,000 projects, for a variety of large- to small-scale projects. She understands the importance of meeting schedules and developing the most cost-efficient project in order to meet budgetary constraints. She is responsible for analysis, coordination, and preparation of plans, specifications, and estimates for traffic signals, signing, striping, traffic control, flashing beacons, street lighting, interconnect, parking lots, street widening and resurfacing projects.
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.
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 →
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.
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.