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Ali Razmpa MSCE '17
Ali Razmpa MSCE '17

Ali Razmpa recently graduated the Master’s program in Civil and Environmental Engineering and received his Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics. While completing the program at Portland State, Ali assisted faculty members as a Research and Teaching Assistant. Ali received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Persian Gulf University in Bushehr, Iran. He worked as a project engineer and managed the construction process of private development projects before entering the graduate program. 

His research primarily focused on traffic safety, with an emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian safety. Working with Dr. Christopher Monsere, he contributed to several ODOT-funded research projects including Toward Effective Design Treatments for Right-Turns at Intersections with Bicycle Traffic, Safety Effectiveness of Pedestrian Crossing Enhancements, and Wrong-Way Driving Analysis and Recommendations. The projects largely sought to study non-motorized and public transport such as a pedestrian, bicyclist, bus, and light rail transit. As part of his Master’s thesis, Ali assessed post-encroachment time, a surrogate safety measure, in bicycle-vehicle interactions observed in the field, a driving simulator, and traffic simulation models. He highlights the opportunities to work with faculty on exclusive research projects and the inclusion of research project results in subsequent courses by faculty as great privileges of the program.  

This past summer, Ali was offered an internship at transportation engineering and planning consulting firm Kittelson and Associates in Portland. He had the opportunity to work on traffic impact studies, traffic signal designs, and ITS.  Through the internship, he was able to get hands-on experience, become proficient in new software tools, learn about consulting and get to know many professionals in the field.  Ali now plans to put his knowledge to use by pursuing a professional career or continuing to do research in academics.