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ITE - Leading the Way Toward Resiliency

ITE International President


International President
Michael P. Sanderson, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP (F)
President/CEO, Sanderson/Stewart
Billings, MT, USA

International Vice President
Bruce Belmore, P.Eng., PTOE, AVS (F)

Director, Western Canada Transportation Planning, WSP
Regina, SK, Canada

Immediate Past International President
Shawn J. Leight, P.E., PTOE, PTP (F)

Vice President, CBB Transportation Engineers + Planners
St. Louis, MO, USA

Michael J. Salatti, P.E., PTOE (F)

(Northeastern District) Senior Vice President,
Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Babylon, NY, USA

Abraham (Abi) Lerner, P.E. (M)

(Mid-Colonial District), Associate Manager for Special
Project Development, VDOT, Fairfax, VA, USA

Scott Knebel, P.E. (M)

(Great Lakes District) Group Manager,
Crawford, Murphy, and Tilly, Columbus, OH, USA

John A. Davis, P.E., PTOE, TSOS (F)

(Midwestern District), Manager of Traffic Engineering
Services, Ayres Associates Inc., Waukesha, WI, USA

Kirsten Tynch, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP (F)
(Southern District) Managing Director,
VHB, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Karen E. Aspelin, P.E., PTOE (F)

(Western District) Principal, MaxGreen
Transportation Engineers, LLC
Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Walter Okitsu, P.E., PTP, PTOE (F)

(Western District), Principal,
KOA Corporation, Monterey Park, CA, USA

Carlos Ortiz, P.E.,TE, PTOE (M)

(Western District) COO, Advantec
Consulting Engineers, Irvine, CA, USA

Eugene (Gene) G. Chartier, P.Eng. (F)

(Canadian District), Vice President of Paradigm
Transportation Solutions Limited, Toronto, ON, Canada

Donald (Don) J. McKenzie, P.E. (M)

(International District) Director/Auckland
Branch Manager, TDG, Auckland, New Zealand

Dale Picha, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Texas District) Traffic Operations Manager,
Texas Department of Transportation, San Antonio, TX, USA

Daniel J. Beaty, AICP (M)

(Florida District) Chief Transportation
Planner, HNTB, Tallahassee, FL, USA

What would you do if disaster struck and your family home was destroyed? Once you made sure that
you and your loved ones were safe, you would probably go about assessing the damage and taking the
first steps toward getting your life back to normal. It would be time consuming, costly, and disruptive
to your lifestyle. It could be financially devastating.
While we all hope nothing like this will ever happen, it's possible, and prudence suggests we should
plan ahead just in case. I live in the Mountain West where wildfire is a real threat to many homes.
One way to prepare for wildfire is to plan your evacuation route, establish emergency contacts, store
important things offsite, and make sure your insurance premiums are paid up. Then, if disaster strikes,
you can escape and quickly begin the process of rebuilding. This is disaster planning, for sure. But is
it the best approach? Another approach would be to make your home more resilient to wildfire in the
first place. You can build with non-combustible materials, create a zone around your home that is free
of flammable materials, and install a fire sprinkler system. This approach takes planning and has an
upfront cost, but an investment in resiliency can forestall the probably much higher cost of rebuilding
from devastation.
When we plan and design infrastructure, we are presented with a similar choice. Do we focus solely
on how it will perform in daily operation, or do we go the added step to plan and design for resilience?
Whether a severe weather event, an act of terrorism, or any catastrophic failure, whether natural or
manmade, have we adequately considered how it will perform in the wake of a disaster? How easily
can it be put back online? And better yet, how can we design it to withstand and shirk disaster in
the first place?
Recovering quickly from catastrophe can be critically important to an economy, and for the
safety, health, and livelihoods of people. And nowhere has this been more starkly illustrated than in
Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Recently, ITE International Past President Shawn
Leight traveled to Puerto Rico to visit ITE members there and to see firsthand the devastation to
the island's homes, businesses, infrastructure, and transportation system. He witnessed the many
ongoing challenges they are facing to get their communities and livelihoods put back together, and
how the ITE-Puerto Rico Section is helping to lead the way. Read more starting with this issue of ITE
Journal, as Lynnette Alicea León, Vice President of the ITE-Puerto Rico Section, shares her experience
living through the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico's history and her insight as a safety-focused
transportation professional on rebuilding for both recovery and resiliency. Then hear from ITEPuerto Rico Section Past President Benjamin Colucci-Rios, Ph.D., director of Puerto Rico LTAP at the
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, as he shares lessons learned at a disaster response and event
management session at the Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual
Meeting and Exhibit on August 22, with a follow-up article coming in the October ITE Journal.
Planning for disasters and designing a resilient transportation system will require many people
and agencies to work together, share information, and cooperate. From public works to operations,
maintenance and law enforcement to emergency services, ITE and its members are ideally situated
to bring these diverse groups together and to lead the way to a more resilient transportation future.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of ITE's robust network for information exchange and
professional development to share your knowledge and learn from others as we build and manage
infrastructure in continually smarter and stronger ways.

Russell Brownlee, M.A. Sc., P. Eng. (F)

(Coordinating Council Representative) Managing Director
Transportation Safety Engineer, True North Safety Group
Toronto, ON, Canada

Institute of Transportation Engineers
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Michael P. Sanderson, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP (F)
ITE International President

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