By Guanchao Huang, USC Master of Transportation Engineering, 2015
On February 28, 2015, USC Adjunct Professor and Port of Long Beach Director of Transportation Planning Eric Shen received the Orange County Engineering Council’s 2015 Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.
In addition to teaching and his work at the Port, Shen is also the faculty adviser to the ITE/USC Student Chapter. “Eric Shen has built a long record of inspiring teaching. He draws the best out of his students, guiding them to produce professional quality work. He is a mentor to student groups and he works tirelessly to link students to practice. USC is fortunate to have Eric as part of our faculty.” said Marlon Boarnet, USC Price School Professor and Senior Associate Dean.
The Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) hosts an awards banquet each February, at which Shen was given his award. This event recognizes the best of the best in engineering for Southern California by presenting recognition in a broad range of categories. These presentations, which acknowledge outstanding individual and project achievements, are a highlight of the year for the council.
"I do not know of another industry faculty member who has been recognized in this way. Everyone else I know who has been recognized in this fashion by either OCEC or LACES is a career academic.” Notes USC Viterbi Professor and Vice Dean James Moore. Speaking to Eric, he says, “
You do a great job at the lectern for both the USC Astani Department and the USC Price School. You keep strong multiple ties to professional groups that benefit our students. You are a wonderful asset to the USC organization (and to WTS, and CTF, and ITE) to the great benefit our students and our reputation, and we are grateful to you. Thank you for all you do."
Professor Eric Shen is the Director of Transportation Planning for the Port of Long Beach, California. He received a BSCE with honors and a MSCE from University of California, Irvine. Before joining the Port, Eric Shen was the Transportation Planning and Development Manager for the City of Pasadena (CA). Eric puts his collaborative and strategic leadership skills to work by volunteering with many organizations. He is serving a second, 3-year term as Chair of the Ports and Channels Committee and is a member of their Marine Group Executive Board of the Transportation Research Board. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama and California (Civil) and a Professional Transportation Planner (PTP).He is also an adjunct faculty in the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is the faculty adviser to the ITE/USC Student Chapter