Ann Hansen has been a pioneer in opening opportunities and providing a
role model for women in engineering.
served as Deputy District Director for Caltrans District 4, where she
was responsible for state highway design activities for Contra Costa,
Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties, for administration of the Districtís
annual $30 million engineering consulting pro-gram and for Planning and
Public Transportation for one year. Also during her distinguished
Caltrans career, Ann served in numerous areas of economic and management
responsibility involving both system and environmental planning, design,
operation and traffic safety for the state highway system. She also took
the lead on controversial assignments that required innovation and
She served for eight years as Deputy District Director for Operations.
During this time, she was instrumental in initiating the installation of
the emergency traffic management plan, which allowed the Bay Area
transportation system to continue to function after the Loma Prieta
also served as District Design Coordinator, where she identified
contract plan problems and solutions, developed standards and
implemented policy changes. Her efforts were recognized in the area of
highway traffic operations with her appointment to Deputy District
Director. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Caltrans
staff as well as ITE recognized her efforts and achievements by
bestowing on her the 1990 Transportation Achievement Award.
was the first woman to graduate in civil engineering at the University
of Utah and the first woman masterís graduate from the Institute of
Transportation and Traffic Engineering at the University of California,
Berkeley. Ann also was the first woman to reach the Principal Engineer
level in the State of California civil service system. She is a
registered civil engineer and traffic engineer in the State of
was ITEís International Director for District 6; chair of several ITE
committees; an officer for both ITEís San Francisco Bay Area Section
and District 6; chair of ITEís 54th Annual Meeting; and chair of the
ITE Equal Opportunities Committee at the International Level.