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2019 AZITE Candidates for Office

Candidate for President

April WireApril Wire, PE, PTOE
Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Phoenix

I am honored and privileged to serve another year on the Board and be the candidate for Arizona Section President for the upcoming year. I strongly believe that you get back what you put in.

I have been an ITE member since beginning my career in 2006 and have served on the Arizona Section Board and the Arizona ITE-IMSA Conference Committee since 2016.   Prior to joining the AZITE Section, I was a member of CO/WY ITE Section and KCITE.

As the Arterial Mobility Program Manager, I am part of the MCDOT team that works with new and emerging technologies to help provide a reliable transportation system that keeps our traveling public moving safely and efficiently.  Working at MCDOT has helped me understand industry gaps and the unique transportation partnerships that have helped make our work successful in our region.  I have managed several large scale arterial mobility projects in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and contribute to the strategic planning development and execution.  My areas of focus have included traffic signal operations, ITS, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and neighborhood traffic management.

I understand the commitment necessary for our section to continue to be successful. I will continue to pledge my time and effort to excel as a leader in this organization. Thank you for the opportunity to be nominated as a candidate for President.


Candidate for Vice President

Yung Koprowski

Yung Koprowski, PE, PTOE, RSP
Y2K Engineering, LLC

I would be honored to continue my contributions to Arizona ITE by serving in the office of Vice President on the Board for 2019-2020. My involvement on the board the past two years has been a great experience. My participation in LeadershipITE 2019 has afforded me insight on future endeavors and programs to explore for our Section.

I have specialized in the traffic and transportation fields since 2007 and have been a member of ITE since 2008. I have Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University and am a Professional Engineer in Arizona as well as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and Road Safety Professional. My professional experience is focused in safety, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), traffic operations, and active transportation. I believe transportation is key to economic development and improving public health.

I have actively managed, participated in, and successfully completed numerous studies and designs involving Arizona communities. At Y2K Engineering, me and my colleagues strive to serve clients with a high level of purpose and well-being. I have held leadership positions in ITS Arizona and the American Society of Highway Engineers Sonoran Section. I served as the conference program committee chair for the Arizona ITE-IMSA Spring Conference in 2010 and 2011 and was the conference chair in 2014 through 2017.


Candidate for Secretary

Felipe Ladrón

Felipe Ladrón de Guevara, PhD, PE, PTOE
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

I have been an active member of ITE for 16 years. My involvement with ITE started when I was a graduate student at the University of Arizona, where under the leadership of Dr. Mark Hickman, I was cofounder/officer of the UA-ITE student chapter. In my professional career; I have been actively involved with the Southern Arizona chapter of ITE (SAITE), where I served as officer for 4 years and board member for 8 years. Serving at SAITE provided me with great experience in engaging ITE members from the public and private sectors in luncheons and other SAITE activities.

My professional career have given me the opportunities to work on innovative projects in traffic operations and transportation safety, which keens my awareness of the importance in the work that we do in the transportation industry. As Associate Engineer with Kittelson & Associates, I conduct projects throughout Arizona. Also, I serve as industry advisor for UAITE, and assist CE students to complement their class instruction with presentations that enhance their knowledge and interaction with professionals.

I am honored about this exciting opportunity to continue service to AZITE as Secretary, and plan to support the section by enhancing the current programs and bring innovative ideas to maintain a vibrant AZITE.


Candidates for Treasurer

Chris Lemka, PE
City of Peoria, Arizona

Thank you to the ITE community for your consideration and trust by selecting me as one of your candidates.  My name is Chris Lemka and I would be honored to serve as your next Treasurer.

I’m was born and raised in the west valley.  I attended Trevor Browne High School and Arizona State University.  I have over 20 years of experience in transportation and traffic engineering. Approximately 12 of my 20 years of experience have been in either a supervisory or managerial capacity.  I have extensive experience with roadway improvements, intersection enhancements, traffic signals, streetlights, road markings, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).  Currently, I work in the Traffic Engineering Division at the City of Peoria with five other outstanding and dedicated coworkers.

I believe a successful ITE officer must possess a rare skill set that bridges technical competency with a welcoming personality. My goal as ITE’s Treasurer will be to promote positive relationships within the transportation community. My commitment to you is that I will bring my energy, innovation, dedication, and leadership to the organization.

One of my fondest memories of ITE dates back to when I was a senior at ASU while working part time at the City of Glendale. My supervisor (Dave Sabers) invited me to the annual conference.  It was an eye opening experience for a young would-be engineer. The Transportation professionals from both the public and private sectors were kind, helpful, and took the time to explain different traffic topics because it was their passion.  More than 20 years later, it is my turn to help our young professional and to encourage them to achieve their potential. I would be truly honored for your vote.

Mazen Muradvich, PE
Maricopa County Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Arizona

My name is Mazen Muradvich and I am honored to be a candidate for Treasurer for ITE Arizona Section Board.

I am a Senior Transportation/Traffic Safety & Design Engineer with Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). MCDOT is a progressive agency and leader in the field of Transportation Engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Research. I have worked at MCDOT for 13 years and am currently acting as the interim Design Branch Manager for the Transportation Systems Management Division. I am an experienced instructor in Professional Civil Engineering review courses and enjoy teaching students who are pursuing their Civil Engineering registration to become licensed engineers. I also attend outreach events at ASU on behalf of MCDOT to encourage students and young professional to pursue engineering careers.

I’ve been a member of ITE for more than 13 years and have served on the local ITE/IMSA Spring Conference program committee in several capacities including: committee member, coordinator, moderator and speaker.  Currently, I am the ITE program committee co-chair. The conference is a reputable and very well attended event in Arizona. I am also an advocate of student participation and involvement in ITE.

As Treasurer, I will work with the AZITE Board to develop a budget and manage the organization’s resources to support its core purposes which include: Provide current and future ITE members with opportunities for professional growth, cultivate the next generation of engineers, and foster an atmosphere of professional friendship and fun.  I will support opportunities to:

  • Increase Communication and Coordination with officers at Local Sections/Chapters and Student Chapters through focused one-on-one meetings.
  • Promote the transportation professions with young people at the high school and university levels.
  • Promote and expand Continuing Education Programs.

If elected, I pledge to dedicate the necessary time to continue making AZITE the professional organization of choice for both existing and new members.

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