Sofia Berger, Louis Berger senior vice president of transportation, attended the Transportation Diversity Council and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (TDC-MIT) TRANSportation and Infrastructure Summit on April 16 in Brooklyn. Louis Berger was a primary sponsor for the event which brought together over 100 graduate transportation and engineering students and industry professionals for a day of panel discussions, workshops and keynote presentations focusing on “Intermodalism & Innovation.”
Tom Lewis, Louis Berger U.S. division president, and Heather Unger, Louis Berger corporate social responsibility manager, participated in the Zofnass Program Workshop, Making the Business Case for Planning Sustainable Infrastructure, from March 19-20 at Harvard University. The workshop was dedicated to continuing the discussion of ongoing research on sustainable infrastructure, which is recognized as an investment and business driver. During the Zofnass workshop, Louis Berger’s presentation focused on India’s 100 Smart Cities Mission and highlighted the ongoing Mangaluru Smart City project in which the company is involved as a project management consultant.
Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, with Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, and Cris Liban, executive officer for the environmental compliance and services department of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, participated in the Transportation Research Board’s webinar on Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters. The webinar focused on resilience strategies research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s project of the same name published in December 2017, with a Q&A segment moderated by Jane Mobley, Louis Berger senior consultant.
Fred Wenger III, Louis Berger associate vice president for program and construction services, and Suni Shrestha, Louis Berger senior environmental scientist, met with Guam government officials, including Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and the director of the military buildup office, Robert Crisostomo. Wenger and Shrestha expressed Louis Berger’s continued interest in working in Guam and provided an overview of the company’s capabilities. They focused primarily on services that correspond to the foreseeable needs of an island, such as resiliency and emergency response power.
Brenda Villarreal, Louis Berger structural engineer for U.S. transportation engineering, participated in a panel discussion held on February 23 for Virginia Tech Network for Engineering Transfer Students (VT NETS). As an alumna of VT, she shared her insights, challenges and advice about the transition from college to the working world, as well as her past and ongoing projects at Louis Berger. The panel attendees are recipients of a grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue STEM careers.
In his fifth year as chairman of the volunteer Clean Energy Task Force in the Town of Fairfield, CT, Scott Thompson, Louis Berger vice president of sediments, led a team of 10 individuals in the development of a sustainability plan to help enable community resiliency for current and future generations of residents. The plan ties together initiatives already implemented by town and state departments and committees. During two workshops with the community in January and February, the task force presented the plan and received feedback from the public. The hope is that the plan can be a tool to stimulate individual action.