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Seeing the Signs of Brighter Futures: Senior Engineer Speaks to Next Generation of Transportation Professionals

Dec 7, 2022
Vichika Iragavarapu speaks at Rowan University.

Vichika Iragavarapu, P.E., PTOE, RSP2i, and senior engineer, was recently invited to speak to a group of transportation systems students enrolled at Rowan University’s civil engineering department ahead of the end of the fall semester. During the session, Iragavarapu shared her experience with the Safe Systems Approach from the Federal Highway Administration and how to design effective traffic signs, especially for complex interchanges and work in her day-to-day work at STV.

“Safety is my passion,” Iragavarapu said. “The students had great questions and are inspired to make the future transportation systems more efficient, safe, and equitable.”

Iragavarapu was inspired to speak to the students, but a guest lecture on driver workload and its impact on interchange signing decisions that she attended in graduate school.

“It changed the trajectory of my entire career,” Iragavarapu said. “The lecturer connected me to my future boss and mentor and sparked my interest in transportation safety and the human factors in transportation design.”

During her presentation, Iragavarapu also drew students’ attention to some nearby projects on which STV has worked: the Atlantic City Expressway widening project, the Glassboro-Camden Line Light Rail Transit project, and Newark Airport’s Terminal A.

Iragavarapu brings 15 years of experience in providing context-sensitive solutions to traffic operations and safety challenges for federal, state, and local agencies.  She has extensive knowledge of traffic flow principles, quantitative safety analysis, and transportation design guidelines. Iragavarapu is an appointed member of the TRB Committee on Performance Effects of Geometric Design. She is also actively involved in MASITE and WTS-NJ.

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