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Qian (Cherry) Xiong, P.E., Named T.Y Lin International’s Director of Modeling/Simulation Studies

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T.Y. Lin International (TYLI), a globally recognized full-service infrastructure consulting firm, announces that Qian (Cherry) Xiong, P.E., has been named TYLI’s Director of Modeling/Simulation Studies. In her new role, Xiong will be responsible for preparing macroscopic and microscopic simulation studies, such as analyses of travel patterns at the regional and corridor level with strong graphical interfaces and travel demand forecasting. With extensive experience using all major transportation planning and traffic operations software packages, Xiong will apply traffic operations and demand models that are prepared by government agencies, as well as develop these models when none are available.

Xiong has more than 15 years of progressive experience with consulting firms and public agencies in both the U.S. and China, including projects with TYLI’s operations in China. She has led and supported airport and multi-modal transit hub analyses, toll revenue studies, pedestrian accessibility studies, roadway and regional area forecasts, and construction staging detour plans. Her numerous projects include the Centennial Hill Microscopic Traffic Simulation Model in Atlanta, GA; the Jordan Bridge Traffic and Revenue Study (Phase I) in Chesapeake, MD; the Staten Island Ferry Study for the New York City Department of Transportation; and the Transit Hub Design Traffic Analysis (vehicle and pedestrian modeling) for the City of Huangshan’s High-Speed Rail (HSR) Transport Hub Traffic Study in China.

“Cherry brings state-of-the-art expertise in simulation studies and travel forecasting for transportation plans and operational analyses. While these represent skills that we have contracted out in the past, T.Y. Lin International can now provide such invaluable skills for our clients nationwide,” said Joe Yesbeck, P.E., Director of TYLI’s Transit and Rail Line of Business. “Cherry will initially focus on marketing these services in T.Y. Lin International’s East and Mid-Atlantic regions, and will work closely with the firm’s transportation planning center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.”

Xiong is a member and Peer Reviewer of the Transportation Research Board, Public Transport Planning and Development Committee, as well as a Peer Reviewer for the industry journal, Public Transport. She has also co-published papers on important topics such as the transit planning process, travel forecasting, and HSR hub design.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from China’s Suzhou University of Science and Technology, Xiong earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, specializing in Transportation Engineering.