Oakland Office Greets New Staff

January 07, 2014

KAI’s Oakland office is ready to hit the ground running in 2014 as we reflect on the exciting developments of the past year. The office has been infused with fresh faces who bring new energy and perspectives. “We have added three talented young staff with a wide variety of experiences and skills,” says Alice Chen, Co-Office Manager. “We are excited about the passion for transportation exhibited by our new staff.”

Read on for a proper introduction of our new staff:

Amy López holds dual Master’s degrees in City and Regional Planning and Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, specializing in transportation planning. She has experience working as a transportation analyst, intern, and graduate student on projects in California, Arizona, and Florida that involve pedestrian safety, freeway operations, multimodal level-of-service analysis, traffic operations analysis, land use policy and development review, long-range planning, pedestrian facility operations, and grant writing. Since joining the Oakland office last January, she has worked on a variety of projects ranging from pedestrian safety assessments, ramp metering operations, and transportation demand management. She recently worked on the multimodal impact analyses for the development of the former Naval Air Station at Alameda Point.

Brett Korporaal graduated from North Dakota State University, where he studied Transportation and Urban Systems. Brett possesses a thorough understanding of transportation planning principles, including travel demand forecasting, transportation plans for automobile and multimodal alternatives, and policy formulation and analysis. Brett interned at KAI’s Boise office before joining the Oakland office in July. During that time, he has worked on a variety of projects including transportation planning for local bicycle and pedestrian facilities and regionwide transportation systems; functional design for roadways, intersections, and roundabouts; geometric and pavement design; and safety planning. Originally from San Diego, Brett is glad to be back in the Golden State.

Daphne Dethier has a range of professional experience with specialties in transportation planning, urban planning, and urban design. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences from the University of Liège in Belgium, and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Overseas she obtained experience on such projects as the Geneva Airport Master Plan. Since coming to the US, she has worked with San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) as part of an Urban Design Initiative for the City of San Jose and participated in the Urban Data Challenge, an international data visualization competition demonstrating the power of open data. Daphne is also an active member of the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) organization and is a program committee member of Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS). Daphne joined the Oakland office in November and has worked on a data archiving research project, a roundabout design concept, freeway ramp metering, and safety studies.

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