January 2012 Posts

From Legos to Light Rail: KAI Internship Gives Australian Johnny Lin Firsthand Experience

January 31, 2012

From a young age, Johnny Lin was fascinated by Legos, and by taking things apart and trying to put them back together. “That’s how I destroyed my first watch,” he said with a laugh.

So while he was always interested in how things worked, it wasn’t until Johnny started his studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane that his focus turned to engineering. He chose to pursue a dual degree in civil engineering and economics, and is poised to enter his sixth and final year at the school on Australia’s east coast.

On top of his studies, Johnny has gained a valuable measure of practical engineering experience, interning with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. as part of a program considered a cornerstone of the firm’s comprehensive commitment to professional development.

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A new TRB role for Brian Ray: ‘Every new beginning starts with some other beginning’s end’

January 29, 2012

This article is one in a series about the experiences of KAI staff members at the recent Transportation Research Board annual meeting.

Assessing accomplishments from the prior year, strategizing about how goals and objectives will be met in the coming 12 months, and getting acclimated to a new leadership role – Kittelson & Associates Inc.’s Brian Ray tackled a bit of the past, present and future during the just-concluded 2012 Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The KAI principal engineer wrapped up his two, three-year terms of service as chair of TRB’s Geometric Design Committee (AFB10), and got his feet wet as the incoming chair of its Design and Construction Group’s Design Section. When his term is over, he will have served on the committee for 15 years. Ray officially takes over as section chair April 15, but the TRB annual meeting gave him the chance to tag team his new role with the outgoing section chair.

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Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign (and other Traffic Control Devices): NCUTCD 2012 Annual Meeting Recap

January 25, 2012

The National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD) is a volunteer organization that provides input to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on issues related to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The NCUTCD convenes twice a year: once in January in Arlington, VA preceding the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) conference and once in the summer. Kittelson & Associates, Inc. staff actively contributes to the NCUTCD and uses that involvement as a way to contribute directly back to the profession.

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First Timers Look Forward to TRB’s Educational, Networking Opportunities

January 19, 2012

The Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting is big, attracting more than 11,000 transportation professionals from around the globe and sprawling across three hotels in the nation’s capital.

It’s encompassing, with thousands of presentations, many of which will focus on the meeting’s theme, “Transportation: Putting Innovation and People to Work.”

For attendees such as Adam Burghdoff, an engineer in Kittelson & Associates Inc.’s Orlando, Fla., office, this year’s TRB annual meeting will be his first, offering an abundance of networking and professional opportunities in a city he’s never before visited.

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After 17 Years, Lee Rodegerdts Knows His Way ‘Round TRB

January 18, 2012

($1) In 2006, Lee Rodegerdts delivered a presentation about roundabouts to the Transportation Research Board’s Highway Capacity and Quality of Service Committee. For Rodegerdts, an associate engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (KAI), the presentation – a progress report on research regarding a new procedure to analyze roundabouts in the United States – was heady stuff. He was principal investigator on the KAI-led research, and committee members were individuals for whom Rodegerdts had the utmost respect.

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