WSP Bolsters Industry-Leading Connected and Automated Vehicle Team
NEW YORK, NY – WSP, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, strengthened its industry-leading connected and automated vehicle (C/AV) team with the appointment of policy and technical leaders, Sahar Shirazi and Frank Perry.
“Our success is driven by our people and we are committed to augmenting our team which is already at the forefront of the development and testing of transportation infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles,” said John D. Porcari, president of advisory services at WSP USA. “Our talented team of C/AV experts combines decades of transportation infrastructure and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) experience together with the latest technical expertise to advise clients as they consider strategy for future mobility policy and implementation,”
Ms. Shirazi and Mr. Perry join WSP’s cadre of trusted advisors, including Scott Shogan, C/AV market leader; Steve Kuciemba, national ITS practice leader; Steve Buckley, Northeast regional manager, planning, environment and traffic practice; and Rachel Zack, innovative mobility lead.
Ms. Shirazi, planning and policy lead for automated vehicles (AV) and emerging mobility, will focus on helping clients develop and implement plans, policies and projects that incorporate emerging mobility solutions, creating more efficient and beneficial built environments and transportation systems. Based in San Francisco, she comes to WSP from the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, where she served as senior planning advisor to the office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, updating the statewide planning guidelines and leading the development of AV and smart city policy; integrating AV considerations into the Governor’s Zero Emission Vehicles team; and coordinating with government agencies, transit and bicycle and pedestrian organizations, and industry partners.
Mr. Perry, senior connected and automated vehicle program manager, will manage C/AV system design, deployments and system integration and testing for government agencies and is based in Detroit. He has extensive systems engineering and project management experience in wireless network design, deployment, optimization and operation; connected vehicle and light duty vehicle systems experience; and has been a driving force behind the development of standards enabling vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-roadside communications.
WSP currently advises transportation agencies across the U.S. on the development and implementation of infrastructure and policies to proactively plan for these vehicles of the future. The firm is involved in planning, engineering and deployment of connected vehicle systems; advising public agencies on the impact of C/AV on their transportation systems (and how to plan for them); evaluation of scenarios for early deployment; and system requirements for field integration. In addition, WSP is helping clients explore what it means to be a Smart City, and how technology can support their objectives and improve quality of life for citizens.
The firm’s comprehensive C/AV capabilities are presented at www.advancingtransport.com.
About WSP USA
WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, is the U.S. operating company of one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services firms—WSP. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment sectors. With more than 7,000 people in 100 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com