Instructor Information

Thomas Mericle PE, TE, Traffic Engineer, Interwest Consulting Group

Mr. Mericle is a Traffic Engineer with Interwest Consulting Group providing traffic engineering and municipal services to local agencies and has over 30 years of experience. He previously was the Principal Traffic Engineer for Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates and, prior to that, was the Transportation Manager for the City of Ventura for over 20 years. He is active in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and has served on local, regional, and national ITE committees. His experience includes city traffic engineering, traffic operations, parking, bicycle facilities, traffic laws and legislation, local transit, transportation planning and traffic impact studies, neighborhood traffic management, SB 743 implementation, and automated traffic enforcement strategies. He was on the steering committee for the NACTO publication, Urban Street Stormwater Guide, and co-wrote a recently released book titled Parking and the City.
He earned his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. His is licensed as a Traffic Engineer in California and as a Civil Engineer in California and Colorado.

Joy Bhattacharya PE, PTOE, Vice President, Advanced Mobility Group

Mr. Bhattacharya serves as the Director of Innovative Transportation Solutions at Advanced Mobility Group's (AMG). He provides innovative Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, and ITS solutions for the Global Market. He has expertise in traffic engineering, traffic simulation, traffic signal systems with traffic simulation, traffic signal timing, traffic operations, ITS, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, and Smart Cities. He is an ITE fellow and has approximately 25 years of transportation engineering experience.

Obaid Khan PE, Senior Project Manager, Gray-Bowen-Scott

Mr. Khan is a registered Civil Engineer in California with over 28 years of professional experience in civil and transportation engineering. Mr. Khan recently retired from the City of Dublin, where he oversaw the Transportation Division since 2012. After retiring from Dublin, Mr. Khan joined Gray Bowen Scott as a Senior Project Manager. At the City of Dublin, he oversaw the planning, design, and construction of transportation capital projects as well as the operation of all traffic signals, intelligent transportation systems, and management of all transportation facilities. Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Mr. Khan managed the Transportation Division at the City of Alameda. At the City of Alameda, he oversaw the City's Transportation Commission and represented the City at various regional forums and committees. He led the development of the City's Pedestrian Master Plan, Bicycle Master Plan, and the update of the City's Transportation Element, including the creation of a multimodal street functional classification system.

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