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Randell Iwasaki's Presentation on "Caltrans Role in the 2005 World Congress"

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly videoconferences on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.

Randell Iwasaki
Randell H. Iwasaki
Caltrans Chief Deputy Director

On July 28, 2005, Randy Iwasaki, Caltrans Chief Deputy Director, presented "Caltrans Role in the 2005 World Congress."

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Randy Iwasaki manages the day-to-day operations of the Department, including an operating budget of nearly $10 billion and more than 21,000 employees.

A licensed civil engineer, Iwasaki has been with Caltrans for more than 20 years, serving in a number of high profile engineering and management positions.

From July 2004 to November 2004 Iwasaki served as the Department’s Interim Director where he was responsible for California's state transportation system, including more than 50,000 lane miles of state highways stretching from Mexico to Oregon and from the Pacific Ocean to Nevada and Arizona.

Iwasaki served as the Deputy Director for Maintenance and Operations, where he supervised nearly 6,000 maintenance employees and 1,600 traffic operations specialists. He was also responsible for a 14,000-piece equipment fleet and Caltrans' New Technology and Research Program.

During his career at Caltrans, Iwasaki has spearheaded a number of transportation engineering innovations in California. He was instrumental in the use of old tires in rubberized asphalt, the installation of LED red lights saving the state taxpayers more than $2 million a year in power costs, and conversion of the Caltrans equipment fleet to clean burning fuels.

He also has helped to develop new maintenance equipment designed to save time, reduce delays for motorists, and improve safety for Caltrans personnel who work on the state's roadways.

Iwasaki serves on a number of national transportation maintenance, highway research, and pavement panels. He co-chaired an effort to encourage the development and application of quiet pavement technologies to reduce highway noise in the United States.

From September 2001 through November 2002, Iwasaki served as Caltrans District 4 Director for nine counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. During that time, he was instrumental in initiating the ground breaking for the new east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Iwasaki also served as the Director of the Department's District 9 from April 1996 through August 1997. This District straddles the eastern portion of the Golden State, covering Inyo, Mono and a portion of Kern counties.

As District 9 Director, Iwasaki supervised the reconstruction of a ten-mile segment of Highway 395 in Mono County that was washed away by the rampaging floodwaters of the Walker River in 1997.

Iwasaki earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and a Master's in Engineering from California State University, Fresno.

He has achieved numerous awards and accolades, including the Charles H. Purcell Award, given annually in recognition of managerial excellence; the U.S. Forest Service Leadership Award; and the California Department of Fish and Game Director’s Achievement Award.

Iwasaki, a native of Reedley in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, and his wife, Kathy, have a daughter, Lauren.