ITE Journal - January 2020 - 4

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Leading Through Ideas
INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTION

International President
Ransford S. McCourt, P.E., PTOE (F)
Portland, OR, USA

International Vice President
Alyssa A. Reynolds Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F)
Assistant Director, Public Works,
City of Henderson, NV, USA

Immediate Past International President
Bruce Belmore, P.Eng., PTOE, VMA (F)

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

Directors
Gordon E. Meth, P.E., PTOE, PTP, RSP1 (F)

(Northeastern District) Transportation Engineering
Expert Witness, Robson Forensic, Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

Jeff Riegner, P.E., AICP, PTOE (F)

(Mid-Colonial District), Vice President,
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Wilmington, DE, USA

Scott Knebel, P.E. (M)

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

Kristi M. Sebastian, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Midwestern District), Traffic Engineer,
Dakota County, Apple Valley, MN, 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)

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

Cathy Leong, P.E. (F)

(Western District), Associate Director,
Wilson Okamoto Corporation, Honolulu, HI, USA

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

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

Jen Malzer, M.Sc., P.Eng. (F)

(Canadian District), Transportation Engineer,
City of Calgary, AB, Canada

Daniel Przychodzki (M)

(Global District) Team Leader, Transport,
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

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

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

Andrew Velasquez, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Florida Puerto Rico District) Program Manager - Planning
and Traffic Engineering, AECOM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Ex-Officio Members
J. Andrew Swisher, P.E., PTOE

(Missouri Valley District) Project Manager,
HR Green, Inc., Des Moines, IA, USA

Jason Crawford, P.E. (F)

(Coordinating Council Chair)
Research Engineer/Division Head, Texas A&M
Transportation Institute, Arlington, TX, USA

Transportation professionals become leaders in different ways. We
start with curiosity and the desire to solve real world problems.
We listen to questions and brainstorm resolutions by planning,
creating, analyzing, designing, and implementing solutions for the
traveling public. It's a different environment from the narrative
driven, spin-enhanced, polarized political world around us.
Many say transportation professionals can't be good leaders.
I'm here to tell you every transportation professional has the
potential and opportunity to be a great leader. Leadership is not
RANSFORD S. MCCOURT,
living in an idea or organizational silo and expecting others to
P.E., PTOE (F)
value our knowledge or react to challenges from those outside
ITE International President
our industry with contempt. An effective leader has the ability to
adapt to a setting so that everyone feels empowered to contribute creatively to solving problems.
We are surrounded by a problematic culture clouded by self-worth, process, and ego, all of
which erodes our value to our communities and isolates us from decisiveness.
To be an effective leader, we need to listen and understand why people feel the way they do.
We need to ask clarifying questions, provide a safe environment to encourage candidness, and
be open to those with alternative thoughts. We must empathize with others' experiences and
relate our creative knowledge, data analytics, and solutions to their needs. I'm comfortable using
my ideas and problem-solving skills to communicate information that guides a transportation
decision-making process in a quantitative, data-driven way (the engineer in me). This isn't
"educating" people to pre-conceived solutions or outcomes. We shape our communities best
through collaboration and seeking common understanding-not by narrowed perspectives of
broad issues or polarization. This isn't a skill learned from calculus, statics, or dynamics. To lead
means having the ability to clearly state the "why" and articulate the guiding principles in our
industry, all while sharing a common vision of purpose allowing others to take action toward
achieving their defined goals.
I'm a supporter of sharing ideas that help stimulate collective thought toward a common
goal. Ideas allow us to discern both problems and solutions together. Many times, the solutions
appear to be in search of a problem. Ideas don't have to be great to be valuable-unpopular ideas
sometimes lead to stronger solutions. By sharing ideas openly, we collectively engage in discussion
toward common objectives. Ideas are a gateway to action as they stimulate people's interest (and
better ideas) and act to identify those interested in support of change.
A topic I am passionate about is safety, which provides us all fertile ground to lead. We
don't have to be reminded of the annual toll of our transportation system-it's been there
my entire 40-year career. Today we are in the best position to help lead our industry toward
meaningful change in highway safety. But it won't come from analysis or design. It will come
from us collectively coming together and sharing the same common purpose. Enforcement,
judicial, insurance, education, vehicle manufacturers-together, collaboratively working as one.
Sharing our best ideas, mobilizing decision making and prioritizing toward action. Please go
to http://bit.ly/Safety_Ideas to review some first level ideas. This year let's resolve to take action
toward Vision Zero together. Help Shape Your Community!

Abbas Mohaddes, P.E. (F)

(Industry Council Chair)
President and COO, Econolite, Anaheim, CA, USA

Institute of Transportation Engineers
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