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.