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Stephen J. Manhart, P.E., PTOE, PTP

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tephen (Steve) J. Manhart, P.E., PTOE, PTP is a Fellow of ITE and transportation
service leader at Westwood Professional Services in Minnetonka, MN, USA. He is
Vice Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the upcoming Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts (MWITE/GLITE) Annual Meeting and
Exhibit. In November 2017, Steve was recognized as a Distinguished Member of North
Central Section Institute of Transportation Engineers (NCITE).
position as assistant traffic engineer for the
City of Bloomington, MN. Five years later,
I reentered the consulting field, working
for a variety of firms in the Twin Cities,
including Bolton & Menk, HR Green,
Edwards & Kelcey, Jacobs, and RLK,
Inc. I have spent the last five years with
Westwood Professional Services.

ITE JOURNAL: What inspired you to
pursue a career in transportation, and
how has your career evolved?
STEVE MANHART: I was always fascinated
by traffic signals and signs growing up.
Nevertheless, I pursued a geography
degree when I attended the University
of Colorado. After graduating in 1978, I
soon realized there wasn't a demand for
geography graduates. A friend asked me
if I wanted to assist with a sign inventory
that a Kansas City firm (JBM & Associates,
now TranSystems) was conducting at Fort
Carson, Colorado. I said yes. Soon, they
hired me full time as a technician, and I
moved to Kansas City. After three years
of counting cars, doing sign inventories,
and assisting with reports, the gas crisis
hit and I was let go. The president of JBM,
Ed Mulcahy, encouraged me to pursue
a civil engineering degree and focus on
transportation. I followed his advice, got
my bachelor of science degree from the
University of Kansas, and was immediately
hired as assistant traffic engineer for the
City of Olathe, Kansas. In 1992, I took a
job as senior traffic engineer with HNTB
in Minneapolis, to be closer to my wife's
family. A few years later, I accepted a

ITEJ: How did you first get involved with
ITE, and what has your experience as a
member been like?
SM: When I started at the City of Olathe,
the city traffic engineer Carol Estes
encouraged me to join ITE. She authorized
my travel to my first ITE Annual Meeting
(1987 in New York City). That was my
hook! I became increasingly involved in
the Missouri Valley Section (MOVITE),
and was MOVITE Journal editor for a short
time before moving to Minnesota. I was
on the Local Arrangements Committee
(LAC) for the previous ITE Annual
Meeting held in Minneapolis in 1996. I
was then elected as a Section Director, and
ascended to Section President in 2001. The
following year, I was elected as Midwestern
District President. In 2006, I was elected
as Midwestern District Director to the
International Board of Direction, where I
served from 2007 through 2009.
My membership and involvement
in ITE has been pivotal in shaping my
professional career. Every single job that I
have taken has been offered to me, either
directly or indirectly, from contacts I have
made through ITE.
ITEJ: Would you explain how you and
NCITE have supported certification?

SM: In 2001, while I was NCITE President,
the Transportation Professional Certification Board (TPCB) was promoting their
new certification programs. Local traffic
icon and ITE International VP Candidate
Doug Differt was on the TPCB Board
and encouraged NCITE to promote the
certifications. With the help of Minnesota
Department of Transportation leadership,
we were able to host a training session and
exam for Professional Traffic Operations
Engineer (PTOE) certification. Following
that first exam, Minnesota and NCITE
moved to the forefront in support of certification. In subsequent years, the PTOE
and Professional Transportation Planner
(PTP) exams were offered here through
the continued support of NCITE. As time
passed, we have seen the value of these
certification programs for our members.
We regularly see Requests for Proposals
with these certifications as requirements.
We are also pleased to see the programs
now including the Road Safety Professional
as a certification to attain.
ITEJ: What are you most looking forward
to sharing with attendees at the upcoming
Annual Meeting and Exhibit?
SM: I look forward to highlighting the
innovation and experiences that transportation professionals have attained in
the Great Lakes and Midwestern Districts.
Over the last several decades, communities
in our districts have transformed from
rural to suburban and urban settings, and
so have the transportation challenges.
We are dealing with modal shifts, access
management, decaying infrastructure, changes in retail, connected and
autonomous vehicles and transportation
funding challenges. I look forward to
sharing our accomplishments, renewing
old acquaintances, meeting new friends,
making new professional contacts, and
above all, having the world enjoy our great
metropolitan area. itej
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