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INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTION
International President
Alyssa A. Reynolds Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F)
Director, Information Technology,
City of Henderson, NV, USA
International Vice President
Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F)
Division Head and Research Fellow, Texas A&M
Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, USA
Immediate Past International President
Ransford S. McCourt, P.E., PTOE (F)
Portland, OR, USA
Directors
Jen Malzer, M.Sc., P.Eng. (F)
(Canadian District), Transportation Engineer,
City of Calgary, AB, Canada
Andrew Velasquez, P.E., PTOE (M)
(Florida Puerto Rico District) Program Manager - Planning
and Traffic Engineering, AECOM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Kristi M. Sebastian, P.E., PTOE (M)
(Great Lakes District), Traffic Engineer,
Dakota County, Apple Valley, MN, USA
Daniel Przychodzki (M)
(Global District) Team Leader, Transport,
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Jeff Riegner, P.E., AICP, PTOE (F)
(Mid-Colonial District), Vice President,
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Wilmington, DE, USA
J. Andrew Swisher, P.E., PTOE (M)
(Missouri Valley District) Project Manager,
HR Green, Inc., Des Moines, IA, USA
Karen E. Aspelin, P.E., PTOE (F)
(Mountain District), Principal, MaxGreen
Transportation Engineers, LLC, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Gordon E. Meth, P.E., PTOE, PTP, RSP1 (F)
(Northeastern District) Transportation Engineering
Expert Witness, Robson Forensic, Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA
K. Scott Walker, Jr., P.E. (M)
(Southern District), Project Leader,
Toyota Motor North America, Georgetown, KY, USA
Melisa D. Finley, P.E. (M)
(Texas District), Research Engineer,
Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, USA
Cathy Leong, P.E. (F)
(Western District), Associate Director,
Wilson Okamoto Corporation, Honolulu, HI, USA
Mark Spencer, P.E. (F)
(Western District), Senior Principal,
W-Trans, Oakland, CA, USA
Ex-Officio Members
Eric Rensel (M)
(Coordinating Council Chair) Vice President,
Gannett Fleming, Mechanicsburg, PA, USA
Abbas Mohaddes, P.E. (F)
(Industry Council Chair)
President and COO, Econolite, Anaheim, CA, USA
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July 2021 ite journal
Alyssa A. Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F)
ITE International President
Professional Development
When I worked in the Traffic Engineering Division at the City of
Henderson, my new administrative assistant gave me a copy of a
Shel Silverstein poem:
Signals
When the light is green you go.
When the light is red you stop.
But what do you do
When the light turns blue
With orange and lavender spots?
I keep it pinned on the wall at my desk even now that I work
in an entirely different department. It is a great reminder that work (and other parts of life)
rarely fit neatly into the categories or situations we learned about in school. When hiring staff,
we consider the question of experience: does 20 years of experience mean repeating the same
thing 20 times, or does it mean 20 years of new situations and growth? That is what professional
development offers: a fresh look at how the work can be completed, especially when the
situation isn't quite what you expect. A recent Harvard Business Review article offered the
following: " Future performance of the individual is just as much a function of high-caliber,
systematic, intentional skills development as it is of past achievements and qualifications... "
( " Identify - and Hire - Lifelong Learners " by Marc Zao-Sanders, May 13, 2021).
Several years ago, an interviewer asked me what was more important-technical knowledge
or management skills. While I don't remember how I answered the question, I think about that
question frequently as I progress through different stages of my daily work and volunteer life.
Depending on the moment, the answer differs. Thankfully, ITE offers a wide range of options to
suit a professional's learning needs and style, ranging from traditional coursework, webinars,
and articles, to podcasts and Virtual Drop-Ins, to full-blown leadership development programs.
Much of the content is available locally at the Section-level, adding to the convenience and
accessibility.
Make sure to check out the article in this issue of ITE Journal for more information on
ITE's Professional Development program, starting on page 26. The article covers the wide range
of career development opportunities available to ITE members, including a robust webinar
program, the Learning Hub, partnerships with leading organizations, and more. The article
also explores how ITE has adapted to the pandemic to meet member needs, and will continue
to remain flexible as we emerge from COVID-19 to a more virtual world. ITE offers other
professional development opportunities for volunteers as well, such as running meetings, large
and small-scale event planning, maintaining deliverables, managing a volunteer workforce,
public speaking, and self-evaluation-all without tangible compensation. Accordingly, the
lessons learned are about intrinsic rewards and making the work worthwhile.
Transportation professionals have a passion for the industry and a curiosity that drives the
need for new information. The ITE community supports that growth mindset and facilitates
information sharing, collaboration, innovation, and feedback. That way we know where to start
when the lights aren't necessarily red, amber, or green.
ALYSSA A.
RODRIGUEZ, P.E., PTOE (F)
ITE International President
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