MTI Newsletter Vol 17, Issue 2: Spring 2011

MTI Graduate Students and Faculty Earn Several Honors

MTI Graduates If the expected boom in transportation careers happens anytime soon, many of the beneficiaries will be MTI graduate students and faculty. The Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) degree is sharpening the skills of a new group of mobility professionals. Here are just a few who already have shown great results.

MSTM student Sarah Swensson was invited to London to make a presentation in March at the Showcase Event for the INSTINCT technology demonstration in aviation security. The event is in conjunction with the Home Office Scientific Development Branch 2011 UK Innovation for Global Security exhibition in Farnborough, Hampshire, UK.

This workshop began in New Jersey with about 40 students from prestigious U.S. colleges and universities. Only 15 of those students, including Sarah, were invited for a subsequent workshop in December in London. As this research development part of the workshop comes to a close, Sarah was one of only two students from the U.S. invited back for the final presentation. She is a Public Communications officer for the Orange County (Calif.) Transit Administration (OCTA).

Joel Krang, a Certificate in Transportation Security Management student, was asked to strengthen emergency planning at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). He drafted a new Emergency Operations Plan and coordinated Incident Command System training. Subsequently, he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the SFMTA Board of Directors; he was asked to coordinate upcoming “Terrorist Activity Recognition and Reaction (TARR)” training for about 3000 SFMTA employees; and he was named Configuration Manager for SFMTA’s Safety, Training, Security & Enforcement department.

Rashidi Barnes was selected by the American Public Transportation Association APTA for its 2011 “Leadership APTA” program. Each year, the Leadership APTA Committee selects 25 individuals to participate in a year-long program that includes intensive workshops, conferences, class leadership projects, teleconferences, online meetings, and web-based events. The program develops and supports the next generation of leaders for APTA and public transportation. Rashidi is Western Sales Manager for the Transit Marketing Group, Long Beach, Calif.

In December 2010, MSTM student Edel Vizcarra was promoted to Planning Deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, the most senior-serving member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

MSTM student Martin Barna won the monthly advertisement design competition sponsored by the American High-Speed Rail Alliance in February.

Certificate in Transportation Management graduate Kris Murray was elected to the Anaheim (Calif.) City Council in November 2010. Anaheim is developing some of the largest municipal transportation projects in California and the U.S. Kris also represents the city on the Board of Directors for the Transportation Corridor Agencies in Orange County, the governing board of the county’s toll road network.

MSTM faculty member Frances Edwards, PhD, was awarded a $280,000 grant from the US Department of Homeland Security in July 2009 to study Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government in the wake of disaster. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) served as a test bed. Caltrans was so impressed with Dr. Edwards' work that in February they awarded her team an additional $147,000 to develop scenarios and training materials to be delivered in the form of Eight-Hour Standardized Emergency Management Systems (SEMS) training courses in five of their state districts.

MSTM alumna Lisa Fabish and I presented the paper, Measuring the Performance of Livability Programs, at the January 2011 meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington. The paper was subsequently accepted for publication in the refereed TRB publication, The Transportation Research Record.

MSTM faculty member Nick Compin, PhD, also co-presented a paper at the January TRB meeting. It was also accepted by The Transportation Research Record.