Advisory Committee

Mr. Xudong Jia
Dr. Xudong Jia is a Professor of Transportation Engineering at Department of Civil Engineering, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). 
He has been the group leader of the transportation team at Cal Poly Pomona working with transportation agencies and institutions on transportation research and education. Dr. Jia’s research area is transportation systems planning, design, and operations.  His current research interests include Intelligent Transportation Systems, design of transportation facilities, GIS/GPS Applications in Transportation, Transportation Modeling, and Transportation Safety. Professor 
Jia got his PhD degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree from Beijing Jiaotong University.
Ms. Wendy Li, P.E.,
IDC Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Wendy Li is a principal of IDC Consulting Engineers, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in structure engineering, civil engineering, project management, and other transportation engineering services. Her Southern California experience is over twenty two (22) years. Prior to joining IDC, she was with the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) as Chief of Programming and Fund Administration.

In CALTRANS District 8, she performed various duties in the Division of Planning, Design, and Project Management. Her duties in Caltrans District 8 included positions as Transportation Engineer, Senior Transportation Engineer, Project Manager, then as San Bernardino County Area Project Manager. Additionally, she also has been Caltrans District 8 Local Assistance Engineer.

Her earlier career was with consulting engineering firms in the private sector that included positions as Draftsperson, Design Engineer, Project Engineer at Jaykim Engineers and HNTB; and later on, became a Senior Project Manager / Associate Vice President at HNTB.

She received her BSCE with major study in Commercial and Building Structure Design from Fuzhou University, China in 1988; and completed her MSSE from Cal Poly Pomona, California in 2000. She received her registration as Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of California in 1995.
Mr. Jimmy Lin
Mr. Lin has served as Principal-in-Charge or Project Manager on challenging and large- scale and design projects including planning traffic engineering, regional transportation planning, railroad engineering, ITS planning and design, and highway and freeway design projects with more than $500 million in construction.
40 years traffic and transportation engineering experience 
Registered Professional Engineer in California, Kansas, Florida, Illinois and Washington 
United Nations certified UNDP transportation expert providing technical services to China 
Planning Commissioner and Chairman, Diamond Bar, California 
Traffic Commissioner and Past Chairman, Diamond Bar, California
Member/Past President, International Chinese Transportation Professional Association (ICTPA)
Former President, Kansas Consulting Engineers
Former ACEC National Director
Former four-term (1985-1993) Council Member, Leawood, Kansas
Former Member of State Water Board, Kansas
Mr. Eric C. Shen, P.E.,
PTPDirector of Transportation Planning
Port of Long Beach, California
Eric C. Shen, P.E., PTP, is the Director of Transportation Planning for the Port of Long Beach, California. He was appointed by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in October 2007. Mr. Shen oversees the planning, design and development of future transportation strategies, as well as the evaluation of the current transportation system. He also helps implement Green Port Policy programs to reduce air pollution from goods movement. Mr. Shen is instrumental in securing full funding for the $950-million Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project by the Design-Build delivery method. Under the leadership of Mr. Shen, the Green Port Gateway Rail Improvements Project was recently awarded $17 million of TIGER III grants by the USDOT.

Before joining the Port, Mr. Shen was the Transportation Planning and Development Manager for the City of Pasadena where he was credited with implementing innovative transportation programs on-time and within budget. Mr. Shen also specializes in the integration of transportation management systems and has worked on several high mission-critical, integrated traffic management projects in the US and abroad.

Mr. Shen is the Chair of the Ports and Channels (AW010) Committee and a member of the Marine Group of the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Academies of Science. He previously served as a member of the Transportation Issues in Major US Cities (ABE30) and Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection (ABE40) committees. He is an adjunct professor in the 
USC Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Eric Shen received a Bachelor of Science with honors in civil engineering and a Master of Science in transportation engineering, both from the University of California, Irvine. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama and California (Civil) and a Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), certified by the Institute of Transportation Engineers in Washington DC.
Mr. Nien Wang
Mr. Y. Nien Wang, Director of Structures, Associate Vice President, P.E.  (HNTB Corporation)

Mr. Wang is the Director of Structures for HNTB Southern California District, responsible for structure business development, project management and staff mentoring/training on various highway, railroad bridge and tunnel projects.   Mr. Wang has more than thirty years experience on various structural projects, and is a team leader for numerous projects involving seismic analysis, bridge design and renovation of over 300 highway, railroad bridges and tunnels in California.  Mr. 
Wang is a project-management-level structural engineer with experience throughout the continental United States.  Combined with a solid technical background, Mr. Wang has a proven track record of effective project management, and has successfully completed numerous bridge and tunnel projects.  The local/OC project includes the PE role for SR91/SR57 HOV connector final design, SR73/I-405 widening projects. PM roles for OCTA Kraemer Blvd Grade Separation project, Caltrans Structure On-Call contract in District 7 area, City of Los Angeles Bridge On-Call contract and Caltrans 1st Devil’s Slide Tunnels (construction cost of $400 Million dollars).  Mr. Wang was also the structure lead for I-405 Sepulveda Design/Build and tunnels lead for Bay Area Presidio P3 the contracts.  

Besides managing projects and leading the 20 structure staffs in SCA, Mr. Wang is also the co-chair for ACEC/DES Caltrans Structure Liaison committee hosting quarterly committee meetings.  He also organized 2 training seminars in 2012 to the industry that include Caltrans 2010 Specification training in April 2012 and Caltrans Structure Construction Winter training in June 2012.

•         Associate Vice President, HNTB Corporation
•         Education: MSCE, 1983, University of Maryland, College Park MD
•         Registration: California Registered Civil Engineer
•         Years in Professional Practice: 30 years

Mr. Wang was also former president of ICTPA, International Chinese Transportation Professionals Association Southern California Chapter
And former board director of AAa/e, Asian American Architects & Engineers Association.
Liping Yan, Ph.D., PE, GE
Civil Engineering Associate
Geotechnical Engineering Group
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Liping Yan graduated from the Southwest Jiaotong University located in Sichuan, China, in 1983 with a B.Eng. Degree, majoring in bridge structural engineering. 

He received an M.Eng. Degree with emphasis in geotechnical engineering from the same university in 1986 and came to U.S. for further study. He earned M.S. and E.D. from the California Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. from the Universityof Southern California, all in civil engineering with focus on geotechnical and earthquake engineering.  

Dr. Liping Yan's research projects have related to soil constitutive relations, numerical analysis on seismic stability of earth dams and embankments, dynamic analysis on soil-structure interactions, and development and implementation of improved seismic design and retrofit procedures for bridge abutments and footings. He has authored and co-authored over forty scholarly publications.  

Since 1990, Dr. Yan has been consulting for both public and private clients. He has been involved in or has managed a variety of transportation and water system projects, such as reconstruction of I-10 Freeway bridges at Fairfax and Washington Boulevards after the Northridge earthquake in January 1994, Port of Los Angeles 2020 Plan, California Statewide Bridge Retrofit Program, Alameda Corridor, Metro Gold Line, and Los Angeles Reservoir Water Quality Improvement
Project. His experience covers a broad spectrum of geotechnical issues for design and construction. His expertise in geotechnical analysis and construction support includes aspects of building and bridge foundations, seismic site response, seismic hazard evaluation, seismic retrofit design, ground improvements, highway and parking pavements, airports, stations, earth dams, tanks, tunnels, storm drain, pipelines, port and harbor facilities, landfill, parks, and retaining structures. 
Currently Dr. Yan works in the Geotechnical Engineering Group, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Dr. Liping Yan served as President of International Chinese Transportation Professionals Association - Southern California Chapter from 2005 to 2007.
Ms. Min Zhou
Vice President of Orange County Operations, KOA Corporation
As a principal engineer for KOA, Ms. Zhou has 22 years of transportation engineering and planning experience with both private consultant companies and public agencies.  She has experience managing large-scale projects involving multiple stakeholder groups with elected public officials and is able to deliver the projects on-time and under budget.  Ms. Zhou has a proven track record of excellent communication, coordination, and consensus-building.  She has worked on numerous transportation projects which have required inventory, data collection, and GIS capabilities. Her professional expertise includes GIS database management, travel demand modeling, corridor studies, traffic signal operation, traffic simulation, environmental impact report (EIR) traffic support, and non-motorized transportation planning and engineering.

Min is a registered civil engineer in the States of California. She got her master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, master’s degree in Urban Planning from Tsinghua University and her bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Tongji University. Min serves as the president of ICTPA-SCC from year 2007 to year 2009.
Wen Cheng, Ph.D., P.E., T.E., PTOE
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University. His research focuses on highway safety, statistical modeling, traffic operation and management. He won the nationally recognized “2008 Young Researcher Award” presented by TRB Committee on Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation due to his research related to safety performance ranking. He also received the 2013 National James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award from the Civil Engineering honor society. Most recently, he received the 2015 Outstanding Research Award from Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering.

Professional Experience

  • Sept. 2014~Present: Associate Professor, California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona

  • Sept. 2009~Aug. 2014: Assistant Professor, California State Polytechnic Univ., Pomona

  • Aug. 2008-Sept.2009:  Project Manager, Tetra Tech Inc., Irvine, California

  • Aug. 2006-Aug. 2008:  Project Engineer, Tetra Tech Inc., Irvine, California




Professional License

  • California Professional Traffic Engineer, License No. 2536         

  • California Professional Engineer, License No. C72602

  • Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, License No. 2432


Research Interests

  • Traffic Operations and Safety

  • Statistical Analysis and Modeling

  • Multimodal Traffic Analysis

  • Highway Design


Honors and Awards

  • CPP CoE Outstanding Research Award (2015)

  • Chi Epsilon’s James M. Robbins National Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)

  • Chi Epsilon’s James M. Robbins Pacific District Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)

  • ITE’s Coordinating Council Best Project Award (2013)

  • Cal Poly Pomona Eminent Engineer in the CA Nu Chapter (2013)

  • Outstanding Area Editor Award, CICTP International Conference (2012)

  • Best Poster Award, 18th annual UCTC Research Conference (2012)

  • Best New Professor, ASCE Student Chapter, Cal Poly Pomona (2010)

  • Young Researcher of 2008 Award, TRB committee on safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation, Transportation Research Board 88th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., US  (2009)



  • Jia, X., W. Cheng, & M. Guan. Highway Geometric Design: Application of Design Standards in InRoads, Kendall/Junt Publishing Company, 2013.

Mr. Kang Hu
Mr. Frank Lin