Mr. Saravia has over 21 years of experience in electrical engineering and is a professional engineer in the states of New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Mr. Saravia was a Principal Engineer for ICx Technologies, a global security company; Supervising Engineer and Northeast Area Manager for PB Farradyne for a period of ten years. Mr. Saravia has provided project management or design services to fulfill the project work, budgets, and schedules for over thirty systems related projects nationwide. Mr. Saravia has managed design-build projects including the NYCWINS wireless network, and as the Quality Manager on the $300 million Automated Train Control (ATC) Project for the PATH. Mr. Saravia also worked on a number of critical infrastructure and system projects, in a three-year assignment with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (facilities wide), a six-year assignment with the NYCDOT and Project Manager for a security systems upgrade for the Niagara Power Plant for the New York Power Authority. As a Senior Supervising Engineer, Mr. Saravia has led numerous design, installation, integration, testing projects which included surveillance systems and Advanced Communication Networks (fiber optic, copper, coaxial, & wireless). Mr. Saravia holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York City, 1990.
Some of his exemplary projects in the New York area include:
♦ PATH Automatic Train Control System
♦ South New Jersey Light Rail Project
♦ New York Niagara Power Plant Security Upgrades
♦ E-ZPass Plus Airport Parking Project at Port Authority of NY & NJ Airports (JFK, LGA, & EWR), PANY&NJ award: “James G. Hellmuth Unit Citation"
♦ Intelligent Transportation Systems Operations at the Joint Traffic Management Center (JTMC) in NY City
♦ Manhattan Vehicular Traffic Control System Phases I & II
♦ Bronx and Northern Manhattan Advanced Transportation Management System
Mr. Saravia also holds the following certifications:
♦ Certificate in Construction Management from Pace University with PANY&NJ
♦ Certificate in Primavera Project Planner from Primavera
♦ Certificate in Project Management from Parsons Brinckerhoff
♦ Certificate in Fiber Optic Installations for LAN by Corning Cable Systems
♦ Certificate in Broadband Network Technology by C-COR Electronics
Mr. Denney is an Electrical Engineer with extensive experience in the rail industry. Mr. Denney has over 28 years of experience in design and deployment of communications, SCADA, security, signaling and automated train control systems. Mr. Denney has worked with a number of multinational engineering firms including Parsons Brinckerhoff and Bechtel, Mr. Denney possess extensive expertise and experience in the rail industry. His experience includes serving as the lead engineer for control, communications, security, and fire alarm systems for various railroad projects in the Northeast, as the project manager to develop the specifications for a replacement supervisory control & data acquisition system for the LIRR and as the lead communications engineer on the New Jersey Transit, South Jersey Light Rail design build project. Mr. Denney has extensive experience includes communication systems project management, systems analysis, design, procurement, installation, and testing. He has gained this broad-based experience through his various positions in several different industries, including transit and rail, high energy physics facilities construction, and electrical power generation. Mr. Denney received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1981 and M.A. in Organizational Management from the University Of Phoenix 2001.
Mr. Brown has over 20 years in planning, design and deployment management of communications and Intelligent Transportation Systems. Mr. Brown has served in a number of technical and managerial positions including program manager and technical lead for a $25 million integrated fiber optic (SONET & DWDM) communications systems network, and as program manager and technical lead of a $15 million integrated communications network (optical fiber, voice, public address, optical transport) deployment both of which were for NYC government agencies. These projects included network architecture planning, systems design, specifications development, procurement, implementation management, cutover and acceptance testing. Mr. Brown spent a number of years with Parsons Brinckerhoff as an Assistant Vice President, Regional QA/QC Manager for a fiber optic network buildout and as the communications group manager. Mr. Brown was also a technical manager with the optical networking group of Lucent Technologies. Mr. Brown holds a M.S., Telecommunications and Computing Management, Polytechnic University, a B.S., Interdisciplinary Telecommunications, Institute of Technology, State University of New York (SUNY), and an A.A., Applied Sciences, Electrical Engineering Technology, New York City Technical College.
Mr. Brown also holds the following certifications:
♦ Certificate in Construction Management from Pace University with PANY&NJ
♦ Certificate in MS Project 2003/2007
♦ Certificate in Applied Project Management
♦ Certificate in Project Management – Brookdale College - 2007
♦ Technical Certifications – Lucent Technologies: OAMP in: SONET OC-3/12/48/192, DWDM metro & long haul, Gig-E Access, DACS, optical cross connect systems
Dr. Cusack-Steciuk has been managing public works project for 22 years, since the start of her career with R. J. Architects in Sidney, New York, in 1989. After spending 3 years as the City Planner for Norwich New York, Dr. Cusack-Steciuk began her 14 year-long career with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) where she was responsible for a variety of innovative and ground breaking efforts supported by the NYSDOT. She spent two years (prior to 9/11/2001) with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, developing the Regional Transportation Plan for 2025. Following the attacks on the World Trade Center, she contributed to the completion of the Hudson Valley Transportation Management Center, and managed the $60 million annual program for the Center for six years. During her appointment as the Manager of Project Engineering at Affiliated Computer Service’s Government Services Transportation/Systems Engineering Group based in Germantown, Maryland, from 2007 to 2009, she managed a group of Project Engineers responsible for $750 million in National and international active ITS projects.
Dr. Cusack-Steciuk is a dynamic forward thinker who has been at the forefront of several key developments in the transportation sector, and has shared her time with many standards organizations working toward a more cohesive future for the industry, including:
♦National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: Guide Signs and Motorist Information Technical Committee; Bicycle and Pedestrian Technical Committee; Research Committee
♦ American Society for Testing and Materials E-17 Pavement Systems Subcommittee and the Task force on Archived Data User Services (ADUS)
♦ Association of Computer Manufacturers
♦ American Association of Geographers
Dr. Cusack-Steciuk holds a BA in Energy Efficient Architectural Design from Antioch University West in San Fransisco, CA (1984); an MA in Geography and Urban Planning from Binghamton University, NY (1996) and a Ph. D. in Information Science, Decision Support Systems, from the University at Albany, NY (2006). Dr. Cusack-Steciuk is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2007
John C. Lewis
Mr. Lewis is an Operations Executive with 26 years of experience in the transportation industry with focus on technological advances in transit operations, telecommunications and railroad signal systems. Mr. Lewis earned a Master of Science in Management from Lesley College in 1998 and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology from Northeastern University in 1986. He has demonstrated leadership skills including effective management of substantially large operating budgets and oversight of a considerably large workforce.
Mr. Lewis has achieved an impressive record of accomplishments as noted below:
♦ Chair of Wide Area Network (WAN) Committee charged with the development of a high level specification and conceptual design within 7 months. The project was approximately $7 million under budget, and was completed 2 months ahead of schedule to support the installation of Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) equipment and enhance security initiative systems.
♦ Design management and full depth track reconstruction of all heavy and light rail improvements on schedule and within budget. Mr. Lewis also managed the design and installation of the Orange Line Haymarket-North state-of-the-art signal system. The project was approximately $8 million under budget, which was the first signal project in the history of the MBTA to be under budget.
While working for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Mr. Lewis held several managerial positions some of which follow:
Chief Operating Officer – Mr. Lewis managed the safe and reliable operation, maintenance and improvements of the fifth largest and most complex transportation systems in the Nation. In this capacity, Mr. Lewis was responsible for not only managing the Operating Budget as well as the Capital Budget, but also for a seamless transition of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) transportation reform to improve efficiencies and productivity within multiple divisions. He was also responsible for the safe and reliable operation of Bus, Heavy Rail, Light Rail, Commuter Rail, Ferries and paratransit as well as monitoring each mode’s On Time Performance (OTP).
Deputy Chief Operating Officer – The oversight of the Operations Directorate Engineering & Maintenance, Security Initiatives and projects as well as union contract negotiations.
Director of System-Wide Maintenance and Improvements (SMI) – Mr. Lewis’ duties included the maintenance and improvements of the track infrastructure, signals and telecommunications systems that enhanced the Authorities State of Good Repair (SGR).
Mr. Louis Hannigan is a certified Quality Systems Lead Auditor, Quality Engineer, and Quality Manager. He has implemented several quality systems and achieved ISO 9001 certifications. He has drafted and implemented quality plans based on NYSDOT requirements for construction projects. As a quality assurance specialist for the World Trade Center Construction, he audited all disciplines, trades, and parties involved with the project; including contractual requirements, safety, and special inspections. He has more than sixteen years of experience implementing and managing quality systems. He has conducted audits against a variety of criteria and has trained hundreds of management and staff in quality principles and practices.
Sample QA/QC project experience include PANY&NJ World Trade Construction Project:
♦ Conducted dozens of audits in disciplines ranging from concrete placement to cost estimating. Worked closely with field personnel on trade performances and with senior management on administrative/contractual elements. The criteria for the audits included FTA QA/QC requirements, ISO 9001 standard, and Special Inspections.
♦ The audits resulted in hundreds of opportunities for improvement. Designed and managed the follow up for corrective action resolution. Coordinated efforts with diverse entities including designers, construction manager, FTA PMOC, Safety Department, and Resident Engineers.
♦ Established the project wide audit schedule in accordance with the Project Quality Plan. The schedule was designed to ensure coverage of all quality requirements for the contracts.
♦ Assisted in the implementation of the program’s quality system in accordance with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) quality assurance guidelines.
♦ Trained management and staff in quality management principles.
♦ Audited the quality program and the safety program for the internal departments and (sub) contractors against the FTA, OSHA, and the contractual requirements.
♦ Certification Construction Quality Management U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ♦ Registrar Accreditation Board Quality Systems Lead Auditor ♦ American Society for Quality Certified Quality Engineer/Manager and Six Sigma Green Belt
♦ BS Nautical Science California State University ♦ MBA University of Chicago ♦ Certification in Construction Project Management New York University ♦ Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Transit Projects from National Transit Institute ♦ Military Service ♦ Commander, USNR retired ♦ Activated during Persian Gulf War ♦ Qualified Billets include Drydock Officer
Dr. Blue is a Professional Civil Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the fields of Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation Planning and Program Management. Dr. Blue holds a Ph.D. Transportation Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. Transportation Planning, B.S. Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Dr. Blue has held senior engineering positions in North Carolina and New York State, in particular. He has also served as a consultant for the National Science Foundation in the State of Maryland.
Dr. Blue’s foremost work has been with the NYS Department of Transportation Planning and Program Management Group in Poughkeepsie, NY. While there, he was in charge of the Hudson Valley Regional ITS and Transportation Management Center (TMC) planning for the Planning and Design Team that organized multi-agency, multimodal system integration requirements and investigated specifications and locations for traffic detectors, CCTV, and VMS on I-287, I-87 and Westchester Parkways. In addition, Dr. Blue co-authored the ITS Business and Implementation Plan for the $50M multi-agency ITS Program. As an integral member of the Regional ITS team, Dr. Blue created program strategies and alternatives and successfully acquired funding. He also contracted with MIT ITS Lab to apply their MITSIM simulator and DynaMIT demand optimization model to Westchester County’s highway network for off-line emergency and construction management in the TMC. He managed technical project teams to:
♦ Justify $125M Hudson Valley Regional Planning Program for air quality conformity using the NYC MPO’s Travel Demand model and TRANSCAD
♦ Liaison with five counties and four cities to complete planning tasks, including transit Travel Demand Management projects, consultant contracts, CMAQ, environmental, and federal-state funding, traffic impact studies and environmental reviews, and planning studies for highway and corridor alternatives.
Noteworthy of mentioning, Dr. Blue brought recognition to NYSDOT by publishing and presenting a dynamic routing simulation model at the 2000 ITS America Annual Meeting, at TRB, INFORMS, and by publishing new approaches to in-vehicle intelligent traveler information and TMC operations in international journals. Furthermore, Dr. Blue created a seminal pedestrian microscopic simulation model, which he published and presented at various conferences.
Dr. Blue’s knowledge of traffic software encompasses HCS, TEAPAC, CORSIM/NETSIM, TRANSYT-7F, PASSER, DYNAMIT, MITSIM, PARAMICS, TRANSCAD, SYNCHRO 7.0/SimTraffic. He is quite at ease with languages such as, C, JAVA, PROCESSING; simulation software: ARENA, OpenCybele; and ITS National Architecture, to name a few.
Dr. Blue’s consultant responsibilities with the National Science Foundation in Rockville, MD, included the creation of project concepts; co-writing a winning NSF grant proposal; analyzing rerouting with IAI OpenCybele, an intelligent agent simulator; publishing findings for TMC and driver cooperative strategies resulting in promoting optimal vehicle routing.
Before joining PBS, Dr. Blue worked with a Raleigh, NC firm where he managed and performed high-end traffic impact analysis and signalization studies, using the Synchro7/SimTraffic model. He also led a team analyzing unconventional arterial designs comparing superstreets, continuous flow intersections, and a mix of conventional intersections for a 600 acre multi-use development, scheduled to be published by ITE Journal.
Mrs. Chaudhari holds a Master in Master in Information Technology Rutgers State University, NJ, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Instrumentation, Mumbai University, India. She has extensive experience in System Analysis, Design Development and Maintenance of Oracle 9i database objects, SQL, broad experience in PL/SQL programming, including effective use of Oracle packages, stored procedures, database triggers and tools like SQL*Plus, PL/SQL Developer; Toad and Erwin.
She has worked extensively on performance enhancing tools in Oracle like SQLTrace and Explain Plan. Used different types of optimizer hints, Indexes, table partitions and sub-partitions, materialized views, global temporary tables, autonomous transactions and bulk binds.
Mrs. Chaudhari expertise include the following:
♦ ETL: Oracle 10g/ 9 i/8.xi/7.x, ETL (Informatica); Data warehousing tools including Informatica. Informatica Server and Client tools like Designer, Server Manager, Workflow Manager, Workflow Monitor, Repository Manager.
♦ Data Modeling: Dimensional Data Modeling, Star Schema/Snow Flake Schema (Ralph Kimball methodologies), ETL, OLAP and Report delivery methodologies; expertise in OLTP/OLAP System Study, Analysis and E-R modeling.
♦ J2EE: Java, JDeveloper, Servlets, EJBs, XML, HTML Web Services.
♦ Other Programming Skills: UNIX / Perl programming along with UNIX utilities like Awk/Sed/Gawk.
Mr. Cavaluzzi has over 25 years of experience in field Services Engineering, Voice and Data Cabling Systems Design, Outside Plant Design, PA/ Mass Notification systems Design, Project Management Estimating, Budgeting, Specifications Development, Proposal Analysis and Construction Management and Inspection. Mr. Cuvaluzzi served as the Telecommunications Designer and Consultant at Fort Monmouth, NJ, for over 10 years. During this time, he designed and oversaw installation of copper/fiber inside and outside plant pathway, premise and backbone cabling for over 100 building projects at this installation including large multi-million dollar projects such as United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS), and I3MP Optical Fiber Ring, Developed Design Criteria for Equipment Shelters for Fort Monmouth and Assisted in design to integrate Fort Monmouth existing Whelen Giant Loud Speaker System and Valcom Building Paging Systems to comply with DOD requirements for Mass Notification Systems. Mr. Richard Cavaluzzi also worked for such notable firms as Flack +Kurtz Consulting Engineers, Nothern Telecom and Teleport Communications Group where he had the opportunity to work on many notable projects including:
♦ New York Mercantile Exchange, New York, NY – Field Inspector. Oversaw installation, provided field reports of discrepancies and attended construction meetings to resolve issues for multi-million dollar 14 - story office complex containing two data centers and two trading floors.
♦ General Electric Headquarters Building, Fairfield, CT - Estimated cost and designed cable and pathway inside plant infrastructure for building complex.
♦ Yale University Sterling Law Building, New Haven, CT – Estimated and designed telecommunication inside and outside pathway infrastructure for multi-phase construction project. Buildings were very unique as they were modeled after Oxford University. ♦ JFK International Airport Building 14, Jamaica, NY - Estimated and designed cable and pathway inside plant infrastructure for 600,000 square foot building.
Mr. Cavaluzzi holds an AAS Degree in Electronic Technology, form the College of Staten Island and has numerous certifications including:
Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI) Certifications:
♦ Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) / Network Technology Systems (NTS)
♦ Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) / Outside Plant (OSP)
♦ Telecommunications Project Manager (TPM) via Telecommunications Project Management Association (TPMA)