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.”
Our multifaceted team of professionals conducts extensive research in several disciplines and participates in a wide array of events, including presentations, conferences, and forums.
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.
Louis Berger participated in the Transportation Research Board-funded TCRP (Transit Cooperative Research Program) A-41: Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems project recently published in the organization’s weekly e-newsletter. Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, and Jane Mobley, senior consultant, were part of the research team that conducted extensive literature reviews, case studies and a mid-development workshop to develop a stand-alone guide, online database and a final report. The guide provides step-by-step solutions and tools for implementing resilience strategies in transit agency policy, planning, asset management, capital investment, maintenance and operations to lessen the impact of natural disasters on transportation.
Baljit Vohra, Louis Berger senior vice president of Integrated Development Group, participated in the Financial Sector Development Network Conference, held November 14-15 in Zambia, Africa, where he shared his insights on the development of the financial sector around the world. His presentations were titled Using Third-Party Remittance Company Model to Usher in Mobile Financial Services in Nepal and Financial Inclusion Around the World: Insights from Asia.
Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, with Pamela Murray-Tuite, associate professor of civil engineering at Clemson University, and Brian Wolshon, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency at Louisiana State University, authored the TR News article Evacuation and Emergency Transportation: Techniques and Strategies for Systems Resilience. The three resiliency experts establish the relationship among transportation, resilience and evacuation while laying out a road map to adapting resilience concepts to operational strategies. They explain that transportation management techniques that are applicable to evacuation and large-scale disasters can be adapted to more common, smaller-scale disruptions and vice versa.
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Niek Veraart, vice president, Tom Lewis, U.S. division president, Peg McBrien, ecological engineering director, and Heather Unger, corporate sustainability manager, took part in the Harvard University Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure Workshop and the subsequent American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI). During the ASCE ICSI and Zofnass Workshop, Louis Berger's presentations focused on how communities are rebuilding and adapting five years after Hurricane Sandy. Veraart highlights key take-aways from the projects showcased in the presentations.