Innovative Teaching and Collaborative Partnerships
This webinar session was held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.
This webinar, co-hosted by the TRB Standing Committee on Education and Training and the APTA Human Resources Committee, featured national experts from academia and the industry. This webinar brought to light academic and industry accomplishments in advancing the uses of innovative technologies in the classroom - for the benefits of young learners, students, and adult learners. It also talked about the rewards and outcomes of innovative partnerships with higher education, industry, and local communities.
Larrousse, Director, National Transit Institute; Vice Chair, Higher Education
Subcommittee, Rutgers University, New Jersey
Prior to becoming
director of the National Transit Institute in July 2000, Mr. Larrousse served
as the general manager of the Madison Metro System in Wisconsin beginning in
January 1989. He joined Madison Metro in March 1987, initially serving as the
assistant general manager. Before Madison Metro, Mr. Larrousse served as the
initial general manager and led the start-up of the Waukesha Metro Transit
System in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He assumed this position in June 1981. He has
also held management positions for the Wayne County Michigan Paratransit
System, the York Pennsylvania Transit System and served as the transit planner
for Middlesex County, NJ
A. Emily Parkany, P.E., Managing Director, Mid-Atlantic Transportation
Sustainability, University Transportation Center, University of Virginia,
Dr. Parkany not only
manages but also helps to coordinate research within the Center for
Transportation Studies. Her experience includes intelligent transportation
systems. Her previous positions include research analyst with the Center for
Automotive Research, management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, and
non-profit government contractor with Noblis. She was also assistant professor
of civil and environmental engineering at both Villanova University and
University of Massachusetts. Her Ph.D. is in Transportation Science from the
University of California at Irvine. She holds a Master’s degree in civil
engineering from UCI and a Master of Science in Transportation from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. Her undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering is from
Columbia University. She is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania
and holds the Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certificate.
Dr. Rebecca Townsend,
Professor and Chair, Communications & Humanities Department, Manchester
Community College, Community Colleges,
Community Students, Community Engagement: A Public-Engagement Strategy that
Dr. Townsend is widely published in her field.
Her scholarship on public policy and communication has appeared in national
journals, and she has presented at and co-chaired conferences around the
country. She is a member of several scholarly associations including the
Eastern Communication Association and the National Communication Association.
Among her many honors, she was named a White House Champion of Change for
Transportation Innovation in 2012. At MCC, she has developed and
established new courses as well as created a new associate in art degree in
interpersonal and organizational communication. She serves as the faculty
coordinator for the college’s Institute for Community Engagement and Outreach.
She has helped affiliate MCC with the National Issues Forum network, the only
college or university in Connecticut to do so.
Garrett Wheat, Teaching
Associate, LADOTD Leadership Development Institute, An Immersive Virtual Learning Environment for Teaching Work Zone Safety
Mr. Wheat evaluates training needs, designs, develops,
and teaches training materials for LA DOTD Leadership Development Program for
students. He serves as a specialized expert on a project basis for individual
technical area, and partners with other state agencies or institutions to
develop job-related training materials. He prepares detailed lectures and
visual aids for use in a classroom environment to help teach target populations
on materials developed using various methods of presentation. He conducts train-the-trainer
presentations during implementation conferences.
Liao, Center for Transportation Studies Research Scholar, Senior Systems
Engineer, Department of Civil Environmental and Geo Engineering, University of
Minnesota, Gridlock Buster- Using Games
Liao works in the Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) in the Civil,
Environmental and Geo-Engineering (CEGE) department on several transportation
studies using advanced sensing and communication technologies for Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITS) applications. His research interests include
connected vehicle technology, assistive technologies to support navigation for
the visually impaired, Weight-In-Motion data quality analysis, surface freight
performance measures, incident decision support systems, transportation
accessibility, transit performance analysis and modeling, and adaptive signal
priority strategies. He has also developed ITS interdisciplinary initiatives
for undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as several web-based
educational modules for transportation-related CEGE courses.
Jess Guerra, Associate Professor, Department Chair,
Advanced, Transportation & Manufacturing, Los Angeles Technical Trade
College, Los Angeles, CA, An Innovative
Partnership Model Which Works to Address a Workforce Challenge Facing Transit
Guerra spent his first six years in the transportation industry working with
large truck fleets, where he honed his technical training and experience in
running a maintenance shop. With six years of experience working for the
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, he expanded his
expertise in alternative fuels and transit bus shop supervision. Mr. Guerra
currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southern
California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC), and also as the Vice
Chairman for California Council of Diesel Education and Technology, a council
formed by the California Air Recourses Board, which provides training on emission
regulations enforcement for Diesel vehicles.
Jane Colston, Director, Strategic and Organizational Planning, Los Angeles
County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, An Innovative Partnership Model Which Works to Address a Workforce
Challenge Facing Transit Agencies Today!
Ms. Colston has held various organizational development and
training positions with both public and private sectors. She served as Chief
Officer of Subway-Elevated for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation
Authority (SEPTA), Contract Liaison for the Delaware County Office of Services
for the Aging, and several management positions at Metro. Ms. Colston sits on
two Transportation Research Board Standing Committees, as well as on a
Transportation Research Board Panel. She served as the 2nd Vice-President for
the San Fernando Valley Leadership Institute and currently is the President of
the Southern California Regional Chapter of the Conference of Minority
Transportation Officials (COMTO). In August 2014, Marion was named to the Board
of Directors for the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium.
Ms. Colston has a Master's of Education from Antioch University, and a Bachelor
of Science Degree from Cheyney State University.
Sprague, GPHR, SPHR, Senior HR Executive, Denver Regional Transportation
District, Denver RTD Partnerships with
Ms. Sprague holds
an MBA in finance from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's degree in
psychology from the University of West Florida. She has more than twenty
years of organizational development and human resource expertise and has been
vice president of human resources and organizational development in a variety
of culturally diverse organizations. Ms. Sprague teaches courses in
the area of human resources with Regis
University. Her professional affiliations include the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),
serving as Colorado's first state director; the Colorado Human Resource Association (past president and
Colorado Human Resource Professional of the Year); Corporate Coach University, and WorldAtWork. She presently
serves on the National Employment
Committee for SHRM. She served on the board of directors of Comprecare, Inc. (now FHP) and
the Human Resource Certification Board. Currently Ms. Sprague is a member of the Junior League of Colorado Springs, the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce,
and has served as a member of the Chamber's
Business Initiatives Group.
Those who have an interest in innovative teaching and collaborative partnerships.
For more information on the webinar, please contact:
Pamela L. Boswell
Vice President, Workforce Development and Educational Services
Joseph W. Niegoski
Director, Educational Services