podwal 11/12/19

 Bruce Podwal Seminar Series


Approaches to transportation resilience at a local, state, and national level

John S. Chow, Vice President, AICP

WSP USA, Senior Supervising Transportation Planner/PM


12 – 1 pm, Tue, November 12, 2019

Civil Engineering Department, Room 105, Steinman Hall

Light Lunch will be served


Abstract  This presentation is about approaches to transportation resilience at a local, state, and national level. In particular, I will talk about the approaches with the following examples:  

•  A project perspective (NYC Transit, MTA, California)

•  An agency perspective (MTA)

•  A city and state perspective (NYC, New York, CT)

•  A regional and national perspective (AASHTO, Federal)

•  An international perspective (case studies)

Discussion will be made in relevant issues.

Bio  John S. Chow is an AICP-certified planner with nearly 40 years of professional experience.   He is a Vice President and a Senior Supervising Transportation Planner at WSP. He is a leader of WSP’s Resiliency practice in the US and manages transportation planning/environmental projects, with broad experience in transit, transportation, environmental, economic, and resiliency tasks (including climate adaptation planning, flood mitigation planning, grant writing and development, climate change research and training, and exposure analysis).

As an outgrowth of John’s frequent activities in sharing ideas and information about transportation with others at WSP (formerly Parsons Brinckerhoff, PB) and in professional organizations, John developed strong expertise in knowledge sharing and training, and he managed the operations of the PB professional development program for almost 20 years.  John is an advisor to the firm’s Communities of Practice/Knowledge Management program. He has a Masters in Civil Engineering from MIT and a degree in applied math from Harvard.