In Motion_Spring 2021 Vol 28 No 1

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About Lea+Elliott Lea+Elliott is a transportation consulting firm offering a broad range of planning, engineering, program management, and construction management services for clients worldwide. These services are provided to public transit authorities, airports and private sector owners for new transit systems and the refurbishment of existing systems. We have expertise in all modes of transit, including high-speed and intercity rail, rapid transit, commuter rail, light rail, automated guideway transit, personal rapid transit, autonomous vehicles, and conventional and advanced technology buses. The firm is especially well known for its creative structuring of procurements for a wide range of delivery options that include DBOM and P3.

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Meet Carissa Cyprien, P.E.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – From Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand to Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates to the proposed Anaheim Rapid Connection streetcar line in California, Carissa Cyprien is experienced with train and transit systems. Currently, she serves as the deputy project manager for the Skylink Automatic Train Control (ATC) Replacement project at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where she provides her engineering expertise for ATC and power distribution systems. She is also managing document reviews of test procedures and reports for Phase 2 of the PHX Sky Train® at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport while also performing traction power analysis and simulations for other projects. Carissa began her career with Lea+Elliott in 2011 as an intern, joining our company full time after her graduation in the fall of 2013. She expresses appreciation for her mentor Aaron Hester, a senior associate with the firm. “Aaron guided me and helped me grow into the role I’m in today,” Carissa says. Carissa finds great satisfaction in helping clients by overseeing their projects and by supporting their testing and commissioning activities. “It’s exciting to watch the initial plans and design and analysis turn into an operational system,” she says. “I see the different teams all work together—installation, construction, airport staff, and engineering. Since we consult every step of the way—from planning to implementation— we see everything come together. I have supported many different projects and it has been rewarding to see how differently they are managed and delivered. Each project is unique.” After over 10 years with Lea+Elliott, Carissa says it’s the place she needs to be. Due to COVID-19, Carissa has been working from home allowing her to save time by not traveling or waiting on meetings, giving her time to focus on work and providing her the time to give back to the community. “I volunteer with my church’s food drives, providing food to families that have been affected by COVID-19. We get fresh food donated, then package and distribute it to families. It’s good to be able to give my time to those in need. Lots of people’s lives changed due to the pandemic and I’m grateful to help meet a need for them,” Carissa says. “I feel that it is very important, especially during these times, to care for one another.”

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