Inside Seven
Current Issue: September 2014
Employee Spotlight
Sameer Haddadeen, Office Chief

by  Maria Raptis
Issue Date: 11/2006

A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering, Sameer Haddadeen began his Caltrans career in 1991 and was promoted to Senior Transportation Engineer in the Office of Traffic Investigations (OTI) in 1997.  The OTI conducts highway and freeway traffic engineering investigations on a proactive basis and in response to requests received from concerned citizens, elected officials, and other agencies. In addition to initiating projects, the OTI prepares traffic engineering reports, conducts permit and Plans, Specification and Estimate (PSE) reviews and provides traffic engineering advice to other offices.  

Haddadeen established the District Safety Review Policy and Implementation Plan in 1998, and in 2000 he co-authored the District Quality Review Policy and Implementation Plan. In 2003, Haddadeen also led the effort that resulted in the elimination of a backlog of “High Accident Concentration Locations,” which on the State Highway System is identified by the Traffic Accident Surveillance and Analysis System (TASAS).

The California State Assembly and State Senate recognized Haddadeen for his work to improve safety and operations on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).  Working closely with the California Highway Patrol, police and sheriff’s departments, local citizens’ groups and city officials in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Malibu, he was able to help identify solutions to concerns of common interest which resulted in the implementation of numerous safety and operational improvements on PCH from the McClure Tunnel to the Los Angeles and Ventura County lines.

His dedicated efforts led to a recent promotion, in August, to the position of OTI’s Supervising Transportation Engineer under the direction of Frank Quon, Deputy District Director, Division of Operations.  “With Sameer’s experience in the safety program, he will be a great asset to this office,” said Quon.  

Haddadeen explained that he welcomes the new challenges that come with his position.  “One of the many exciting challenges is to keep up with the external changes and to bring changes of our own,” he said.

In a statement announcing the promotion, District Director Douglas Failing shared, “Sameer’s contributions have transcended beyond the boundaries of the Division of Operations to include the introduction of management systems in the Divisions of Maintenance and Planning.  He has been very instrumental in introducing new management tools that have helped to streamline the delivery process of many program activities and the establishment of workload standards for the various OTI functions.”   

Haddadeen said that he looks forward to working in cooperation with Caltrans’ internal and external partners and to establishing trust-based relationships that will strengthen the lines of communication.  Chief Deputy District Director Raja Mitwasi said, “I am sure Sameer will take the Office of Traffic Investigations to another level, focusing on improving customer service, efficiency, professionalism, innovation and productivity."