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Advisory Committee

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.

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.
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

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Nien Wang, P.E.
Director of Structures, Associate Vice President
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.
Eric C. Shen, P.E., PTP, CPE
Director of Capital Projects/Chief Engineer
San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

Mr. Eric Shen is Director of Capital Projects/Chief Engineer for the San Gabriel Valley of Governments (SGVCOG) and is responsible for planning and implementing a wide spectrum of capital projects throughout the San Gabriel Valley. 

Eric administers five on-going freight rail-highway grade separations and two at-grade safety improvements under the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) Project, with nearly $1-billion in total project costs. In partnership with LA Metro and Caltrans, Eric oversees the construction of the State Route 57/60 Confluence Chokepoint Relief Project, a $420 million improvement to the second-highest truck accident location in Southern California and the 7th-most congested truck chokepoint in the US. Eric is also the Principal-in-Charge for the San Gabriel Valley Transit Feasibility and the Vehicle-Miles-Travel (VMT) Regional Mitigation Fee studies. 

Eric is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama and California (Civil), a Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), and a Certified Port Executive (CPE). Appointed by USC as Adjunct Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Practice, Eric teaches courses in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He also serves as the USC Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Faculty Advisor. Eric received a BSCE with honors and a MSCE from University of California, Irvine. 

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.

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
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