This month, Virginia Lingham joined the national transportation operations strategy group at WSP USA to serve as a member and contributor to the firm’s intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and connected and automated vehicles (CAV) service areas.
“Virginia comes to WSP with a rich set of diverse experiences in the ITS and CAV arenas, having worked for several agencies in the public sector,” said Steve Kuciemba, WSP national ITS/CAV practice leader, in a release. “She is well-respected in the ITS/CAV space, and is a tremendous addition to our team. Virginia will provide invaluable expertise to our clients as they implement leading edge mobility programs in an era of rapidly evolving technology and transportation services.”
In her new role, Lingham will focus on key projects in both ITS and CAV development, supporting local efforts in California as well as national efforts across the U.S.
Prior to joining WSP, Lingham served as the CAV program manager for the Virginia DOT (VDOT), where her responsibilities included serving as chair of the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study—a coalition of 27 state DOTs working collaboratively on CAV projects. She also has experience in helping educate municipalities on the potential benefits of CAV. While with VDOT, she organized and executed the SmarterRoads Hackathon series, where she introduced computer programmers to the value of transportation data using open data sources and how it can be used to find innovative solutions. She discussed the SmarterRoads program in a special presentation at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in January.
She previously served as the connected vehicle team lead for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Northern California, and as the statewide travel information manager at the Wisconsin DOT.
Lingham has a master’s degree in transportation engineering from the University of California Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and urban studies from Wayne State University.