New York City transit administrator to present engineering lecture

Author: William G. Gilroy and Nina Welding


Porie Saikia-Eapen, chief architect for MTA New York City Transit (NYC Transit), will deliver a talk in the Distinguished Engineering Lecture Series at 12:50 p.m. Feb. 11 (Friday) in the DeBartolo Hall auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. Titled “MTA NYCT Engineering ChallengesPast, Present and Future,” the talk is free and open to the public.

Saikia-Eapen has been part of the New York City design and construction industry for 20 years. During her presentation, she will review her experience in the public and private sectors and discuss the challenges faced by transportation engineers today.

Prior to joining NYC Transit, Saikia-Eapen served as program and construction manager and senior associate with the LiRo Group of Syosset, Long Island, N.Y., at the New York City (NYC) Department of Design and Construction as a program manager, and as an architectural designer for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Saikia-Eapen holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda in India and a master of public administration degree from New York University.

A licensed architect, Saikia-Eapen is president of the Construction Management Association of America, N.Y./N.J. chapter, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a mentor for the NYC Alliance for Catholic Education and NYU Alumni Career Advisement Programs.

The MTA New York City Transit is the largest transportation networkbuses, subways and railroadsin North America, serving a population of 14.6 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area fanning out from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York state, and Connecticut. It operates bus and subway service 24 hours a day and maintains the largest subway car fleet in the world. NYC Transit also maintains more busesall of which are wheelchair accessiblethan any other public agency in North America. Approximately 7 million people use NYC Transit daily.

The Distinguished Engineering Lecture Series exposes students to engineers who have achieved at the highest levels in their specific fields. Speakers from various disciplines are featured throughout each academic year to give students an overview of the diverse opportunities available in engineering and to provide them with a better understanding of the role of engineering in society and the impact they, as engineers, can have.

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