Transportation engineering and planning. Leadership in workforce development.
Eric Shen serves as Director of Capital Projects/Chief Engineer in the San Gabriel Valley of Governments (SGVCOG), a regional government in the Los Angeles County. With more than two decades of senior/executive management experience, Eric is responsible for implementing a wide spectrum of programs/projects under the guidance of the Governing Board and Executive Director.
An expert in transportation engineering and planning, Eric is known for his engaging leadership and collaborative spirit. He oversees the delivery of many capital projects, including the on-going design and construction of five grade separation projects under the Alameda Corridor East (ACE) Program, the right-of-way and construction of the SR-57/60 Confluence Chokepoint Relief Program, and the design and implementation of the Rio Hondo/San Gabriel River Load Reduction Strategy. Eric also serves as technical advisor in numerous regional, state and federal collaboratives.
Prior to joining SGVCOG, Eric served as the Mid-Pacific Gateway Office Director, Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Eric was responsible for delivering federal assistance to 16 port authorities and 25 commercial deep-water and river ports in five Western States and three U.S. territories. During his tenure at the Port of Long Beach, Eric successfully negotiated a multi-agency agreement to fund the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project.
Currently Eric is an At-Large WTS-LA Board Director. He was previously appointed by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences as a member on the Technical Activities Council (TAC), the Marine Group Chair and the Ports & Channels Committee Chair.
Eric is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama and California (Civil), a Professional Transportation Planner (PTP), and a Certified Port Executive (CPE). Appointed by the University of Southern California (USC) as Adjunct Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Practice, Eric teaches courses in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He serves as the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) USC Student Chapter faculty adviser. Eric is regularly invited to lecture at other universities, professional and community organizations. Eric received a BSCE with honors and a MSCE from the University of California, Irvine.
Read professor Shen’s bio at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.