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Rail Crossing Information System (RCIS)”, Ian Steele, P.Eng, President and Senior Systems Engineer, PBX Engineering Ltd., Victoria, British Columbia
Addressing Pedestrian Safety on Arterials: North Carolina Case Studies”, Lauren Blackburn, Senior Project Manager, VHB, Raleigh, North Carolina and Brian Mayhew, P.E., CPM, State Traffic Safety Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, North Carolina
Improving Safety through Road User Education”, Lindsey Van Parys, P.E., QSD/P Project Manager, GHD, Roseville, California
New Applications of Data Science for Local Vision Zero Efforts”, Duong Vu Data Scientist, UrbanLogiq, Vancouver, British Columbia
Prioritizing Safety and Mobility during Pavement Rehabilitation Projects”, Smita Sharma, M.S., EIT, Applications Engineer, Lindsay, Omaha, Nebraska and Laura Huizinga, Technical Sales Manager – Road Zipper, Lindsay , Omaha, Nebraska
Leveraging AI-Based Findings for Strategic Crash Prevention in Southern Nevada”, Paul-Matthew Zamsky, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Waycare, Los Angeles, California
Multimodal Intelligent Traffic Signal System - Deployment for Portland Streetcars”, Niraj Altekar, Research Assistant, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona and Shruti Nuchhi, Research Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Mitigating VMT Impacts with TDM: California’s SB743 Implementation Experience”, Fernando Sotelo, Associate Engineer, Kittelson and Associates, Orange, California
Ian Steele, P.Eng, President and Senior Systems Engineer, PBX Engineering Ltd., Victoria, British Columbia
Over his 23-year career, Ian Steele has worked with a diverse portfolio of companies and agencies, developing a unique level of experience, and understanding in the design and deployment of complex transportation, industrial, and security projects, where software and systems integration often play a pivotal role.
Ian has been a key part of the planning stages of many large scale multi-disciplinary projects and has been recognized by his peers as a highly competent and innovative professional with communication skills and technical savvy required to develop leading-edge systems. His project management experience includes projects ranging from small and medium size design assignments, to $20M transportation projects, $14M security programs, and $52M industrial projects.
Lauren Blackburn, Senior Project Manager, VHB, Raleigh, North Carolina
Lauren Blackburn, AICP, is a Senior Project Manager with VHB. Ms. Blackburn has over 17 years of experience in multimodal and long-range planning, and she is based in VHB's Raleigh, North Carolina office. Ms. Blackburn’s key areas of interest are in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, comprehensive planning, roadway safety, and community health. Prior to joining VHB, she worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as the director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation. Previously, she was the planning manager for the Town of Davidson, North Carolina.
Ms. Blackburn received her Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a member of the American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP). She is also a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee for Pedestrians.
Brian Mayhew, P.E., CPM, State Traffic Safety Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Raleigh, North Carolina
Brian Mayhew is the State Traffic Safety Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Brian manages several transportation safety programs for the state. He works to establish comprehensive and multimodal approaches to ensure safety is sustainable in NC. His intent is to have safety programs that deliver practical solutions and work to minimize harm to all users. A current focus is to further integrate safety into transportation systems and the programs that influence them. Mr. Mayhew is a 1994 graduate of N.C. State University with a BSCE and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina. He has worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation for the past 25 years.
Lindsey Van Parys, P.E., QSD/P Project Manager, GHD, Roseville, California
Lindsey Van Parys is a registered civil engineer in multiple states and holds a certificate in Traffic Collision Investigation. She is currently Co-Chair of ITE’s Coordinating Council and a project manager and North American Road Systems Service Line Leader at GHD.
She has been delivering transportation projects since 2006. She manages projects from the conceptual phases through construction. Her projects have ranged from major highway interchanges to innovative intersection and safety solutions, to shared use paths. Lindsey specializes in delivering complex, active transportation and complete street projects spanning North America and beyond.
Smita Sharma, M.S., EIT, Applications Engineer, Lindsay, Omaha, Nebraska
Smita Sharma is a transportation engineer who has worked on various research and consulting projects in transportation engineering, planning and GIS. Due to the breadth of her work and educational experience, she considers herself a problem-solver capable of analyzing issues using both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Currently, she works as an Applications Engineer (AE) for Road Zipper at Lindsay. Her role includes overseeing Road Zipper's major projects working closely with the commercial team and the customers. Outside her AE role, she can be found researching transportation-related topics, reading, cooking, or spending time with her husband and kids.
Laura Huizinga, Technical Sales Manager – Road Zipper, Lindsay , Omaha, Nebraska
Laura Huizinga has worked in the Road Building and Safety industry for the past 20+ years. She currently represents Lindsay Transportation Solutions as the Technical Sales Manager for the United States and Canada. Laura was employed as a General Manager of a Guardrail Installation Company and also Sales and Marketing Director for a Barricade Rental Company. She is a member of the NCUTCD Temporary Traffic Committee, president of ARTBA’s Traffic Safety Industry Division and throughout the years has participated in numerous industry committees and organizations to gain Work Zone Safety knowledge.
Paul-Matthew Zamsky, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Waycare, Los Angeles, California
Paul-Matthew Zamsky is the Head of Strategic Partnerships of WayCare Technologies, a cloud-based smart-mobility platform for cities. Waycare enables cities to take full control of their roads by harnessing in-vehicle information and municipal traffic data for predictive insights and proactive traffic management optimization. Paul-Matthew is responsible for cultivating and maintaining partnerships with cities, states and data partners. Prior to Waycare, he co-founded Treble FM, a collaboration platform for musicians, and was the Director of Customer Success of Powerlinx, a business platform that connects companies to new markets, growth opportunities and strategic partnerships. Paul-Matthew graduated from New York University where he studied politics, economics and business.
Niraj Altekar, Research Assistant, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Niraj Vasant Altekar is a Ph.D. Candidate at the department of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona. Prior to his Ph.D., he received M.S. in Industrial Engineering in 2017 from the University of Arizona, and B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai. His primary research interest is in developing traffic safety assessment and mobility improvement solutions using advances in modern technology driven traffic infrastructure and V2X communication systems. He has authored and co-authored papers and presentations in industry recognized journals and conferences.
Shruti Nuchhi, Research Assistant, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon
Shruti Nuchhi/Pattadakal graduated from Portland State University as a Masters of Computer Science student in 2020 and is working as a Research Assistant for the MMITTS StreetCar project. Shruti has always been data enthusiast, excited about problem solving and working on new stuff.
Fernando Sotelo, Associate Engineer, Kittelson and Associates, Orange, California
Fernando Sotelo is a registered professional traﬃc engineer in California and a certified transportation planner with extensive experience in CEQA and the technical aspects of transportation planning, including travel demand forecasting, traffic impact analyses, and parking demand studies. His professional experience with traffic and parking analyses includes several schools and a variety of land development uses, such as warehousing, mixed use, commercial, and recreation projects throughout California. Fernando understands the complexities of transportation planning and also prepares transportation sections for EIRs for major projects such as general plan updates and speciﬁc plans. He focuses particular attention on issues such as vehicular circulation, site access, queuing, and pedestrian routes to school and safety. In addition to his experience in traﬃc, Fernando has prepared hundreds of technical studies for noise and air quality analyses on a variety of projects.
Duong Vu, Data Scientist, UrbanLogiq
Duong is a data scientist with a Master’s of Data Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s of Law (M.J.) from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Duong was named the 2018 Women in Data Science ambassador in Vancouver and has worked on data analysis and automating accounting books for the Indiana Auditor of State.