In our seventh Houston Transportation Series we meet the newest member to the YPT Board Adriana A. Terán who is currently serving as our Acting Vice Chair for Membership.
What kind of projects do you work on and what do you do?
I am a Design Engineer for Jones & Carter, Inc., E.I.T. II. I am a part of the Transportation Department, predominately working in the traffic division with some road design and project management work as well. The extent of my work usually involves Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA), in which we generally recommend the construction of a turn bay, signal, or re-stripping of an existing roadway. I then design the recommendations made such as a left-turn lane or traffic signal.
How do you feel your projects are affecting transportation and what do you love most about what you do?
My designs are used to improve the traffic in the City of Houston. The massive growth Houston is experiencing today has brought many drivers that will share the road with Houstonians. My work should balance the traffic to maintain a functioning transportation infrastructure. I find this incredibly intriguing to place myself in the minds of drivers and try to understand their thought process through the roadway system.
What role does YPT play in your professional life?
Meeting members and sponsors of YPT has broaden my thoughts on drivers intents and implications to improve traffic situations. The conversations I hold with my fellow members of YPT are educational, inspiring, and thought-provoking. Many ideas are bounced around in the group with the overall goal to improve our transportation system. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of a group who’s energy and interests are matched with my own and I have benefited much from both this experience at YPT and with my job.