ITE-ANZ Executive Board (Draft 2019)

The Executive Board of the ITEANZ comprises volunteers from the Transport industry throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Nick Szwed

President

Nick Szwed

Nick is an experienced Road Safety and Sustainable Transport Consultant. He is skilled in Traffic Engineering, Road Safety Audit, Feasibility Studies, Economic Evaluation, Sustainable Transport and Transport Planning. He qualified with a BE(Civil) and MEngSc from the University of Melbourne and has worked in the road safety and traffic engineering field for over 40 years. Much of this has been at VicRoads and its predecessors.

He is currently semi-retired and occasionally provides consulting services in the areas of traffic engineering, road safety and sustainable transport to Local Government, VicRoads and Universities.

Nick joined the ITE-ANZ Executive Board in 2009 and was Secretary from 2010 to 2013. He was has been President since 2014. He is currently focussing on nurturing student and young professional participation in ITE related activities.

Laura Aston

Vice President

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Laura is undertaking her PhD as part of the Sustainable and Effective Public Transport Graduate Research Industry Partnership, through Monash University’s Public Transport Research Group. Her research is focused on building evidence to better understand and leverage the relationship between the built environment and transit ridership. She also works as a Public Transport Planner at Transport for Victoria.

Laura completed her bachelor of Environmental Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. Having previously worked as a sustainability consultant prior to moving into transportation and land use planning, Laura is interested in the role of public transport in providing sustainable and equitable mobility.

Laura is a founding member of the Transport Engineer’s at Monash Committee, a Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. She sits on the international Student Membership Committee of ITE, which has enabled her to leverage insights from international student initiatives and apply them to the Australia and New Zealand Chapter.

Sam Linke

Vice President

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Sam Linke is a project manager and pedestrian planner based in Melbourne responsible for delivering multi-disciplinary transport sector projects, with a focus on pedestrian and crowd planning in rail, transport interchange, and mixed-use and urban environments.

Sam has recently relocated back to Melbourne from Kuala Lumpur, where she was based for two years delivering transport projects for the public and private sectors across South East Asia and leading the Transport Planning team. Sam also has experience in business process and strategic consulting for infrastructure projects, programmes, and organisations.

David Nash

Secretary

David Nash

David has over 30 years experience in traffic and transport engineering through his work at VicRoads. David left VicRoads in 2012 and formed a consulting firm called Traffinity. David’s main interests are traffic control devices – traffic signals, signs, markings and street lighting. His last position at VicRoads was Manager-Road and Traffic Standards where he was responsible for policy, standards and guidelines for all manner of traffic management issues.

He is currently lecturing at Swinburne University in Transport Engineering and undertaking many varied projects around the country.

David joined the Board in 2012 and has enjoyed being able to contribute more time to the continued development of the profession.

Don McKenzie

Executive Board Member and ITE Global District Director

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Don is the Group Manager (Northern) of Stantec’s transportation business based in in Auckland, NZ. Originally from Canterbury, Don has been involved in transportation engineering consultancy for the past 25 years spanning a range of project-based commissions in both public and private development sector.  He regularly appears as an expert witness in Council and Environment Court cases, and has contributed to the transportation professional in a range of roles. Don is a father of two teenage children and is married to Catherine.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury and has over 25 years of professional experience in the traffic engineering profession in New Zealand. He has been a member of ITE since 2003, is a Fellow of ITE, the current Global District Director of ITE since 2015 and has been active within the EngineeringNZ Transportation Group in New Zealand, serving on both Branch and National Committees between 2002 and 2007.

 

Marianne Richards

Executive Board Member

Marianne Richards

Marianne retired from the Victorian Public Service in 2016 after a career of 38 years in the public sector in Victoria and South Australia. She has extensive knowledge and experience in port, airport and freight network planning and development issues across all levels of Australian governments. Marianne’s interests include application of transport and land use planning policy and development frameworks, processes and initiatives across economic, social and environmental issues; and implementing practical outcomes in land use planning policy frameworks for the long term sustainability of airports, ports and freight networks. Marianne participated in the development of national and state aviation, port and freight network strategies.

Marianne has a Bachelor of Arts (Monash University), a Graduate Diploma of Town Planning (South Australian Institute of Technology) and a Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (Mt Eliza Business School).

Sara Moridpour

Executive Board Member

Sara Moridpour

Email:sara.moridpour@rmit.edu.au

Sara holds a bachelor of civil engineering and received her masters and PhD degrees in transportation and traffic engineering. She has 15 years of work and research experience in the field of traffic and transportation. She has been working in the School of Engineering at RMIT University, from 2010.

Sara is highly engaged in a range of research and professional activities within and beyond RMIT. She has published numerous journal papers, and presented in many prestigious conferences in traffic/transport engineering. She has served as technical and organising committee member of different conferences and editorial board member of journals. She has been invited to speak at traffic/transport conferences, workshops and symposiums.

Sarah Zhang

Executive Board Member

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Sarah is a passionate transport planning consultant who loves to help her clients find solutions. She specialises in transport and pedestrian planning, with project experience encompassing transit stations, arts and culture, stadia, and commercial buildings. She has worked on a range of high profile public and private sector projects in Melbourne, Sydney and New York. Sarah’s international reach and experience in transport and pedestrian planning is due to her vast travelling experience across five continents, and living experience in three continents.

Sarah is currently the Chair of Women in Engineering, Sydney. She is the recipient of the 2018 Institution of Transportation Engineer’s Emerging Professional Award for ANZ, the 2017 Engineers Australia Young Professional Engineer Award for NSW, a pedestrian panellist for the Sydney Olympic Park Design Review Panel, and the pedestrian representative in City of Sydney’s Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee.

Bishoy Abdelmesseh

Executive Board Member

Bishoy Abdelmesseh

Bishoy is an undergraduate Civil Engineer working as a Transport & Traffic Data Analyst at Austraffic. He is highly engaged in processing and analysing a range of traffic surveys at Austraffic such as Intersection & Pedestrian Turning Movement, Origin-Destination, Travel Time, Parking Studies and Speed & Classification surveys. 

Bishoy is currently completing his final semester of Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) at Victoria University with a current GPA of 6.4 out of 7. He hopes to endeavour further into the field of Transport Engineering. He has joined the ITE-ANZ Executive Board in 2019