In this episode, civil engineer Randy Iwasaki shares his story of success in the private sector as well as tips for young people who are looking to follow in his footsteps. Randy Iwasaki is a successful engineer who has transitioned from the public sector to the private sector, where he continues to focus on reinventing himself and delivering programs faster, more efficiently, and more effectively. This conversation provides listeners with tools and techniques to achieve success in both their professional and personal lives.

Here’s a bit about Randell’s passion:

Randell Iwasaki is the Leader of State and Local Transportation for Amazon Web Services (AWS). In that position, he leads AWS’s data support and analysis services for state and local transportation agencies, including; artificial intelligence support; use of AWS services in development of new technology in transportation; data analysis methods for policy and planning analyses; traffic operational support; and other uses of AWS services by state and local transportation agencies. Prior to joining AWS Randy served for over 10 years as Executive Director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, recognized as one of the most innovative transportation agencies in the United States. He founded GoMentum Station, the largest secure automated vehicle test facility in the nation. Prior to that, he was a 27-year employee of the California Department of Transportation, where he rose through the ranks to become Chief Deputy Director from 2004 to 2009 and Director from 2009 to 2010. He is an internationally recognized leader in transportation research and innovation and is frequently called upon to speak to the latest developments in automated and connected vehicle technology development and testing. He has been on dozens of TRB committees and research panels over the course of his career – serving as the chair of several of them. He was recently named a senior fellow by UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation

Let’s dive in!

[00:01 – 10:43] How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

[11:01 – 31:23] Applying Success Principles in Your Career

[31:24 – 32:40] Closing Segment

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It’s important to make sure that you have people that are ready to go to take your place because you never know when you’re gonna leave and you wanna leave any organization better than when you found it.” – Randell Iwasaki

I think you absolutely have to look at what problem that you’re solving and when you’re crystal clear on the problem that you’re solving, that is definitely, that puts you on the path to continue to create and to innovate and to provide what your customers need and what they want.” – Dr. James Bryant


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