Who We Are
Lee Engineering, L.L.C., is a consulting firm dedicated to providing traffic engineering and transportation planning services to federal, state and local agencies, private clients and other design professionals. Founded in 1988, we have built a reputation on our ability to integrate our transportation planning and traffic engineering expertise with technical know-how to produce comprehensive studies and powerful, customized decision making tools. We have offices in Phoenix, Arizona, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Jim C. Lee, Ph.D., P.E.
Dr. Lee, founder, has over 30 years experience in the field of traffic engineering and transportation planning. His combination of education and experience makes him uniquely qualified for many transportation planning and traffic engineering projects. His experience includes years as a state and city traffic engineer as well as a senior project manager for consulting firms. His "hands-on" project experience is complimented by three degrees in civil engineering, with the last two specializing in traffic engineering.
Dr. Lee has previously managed numerous traffic engineering and transportation planning projects in the prime consultant and sub-consultant roles. He has served as principal-in-charge for over 30 pavement marking and traffic control plan projects for ADOT. Dr. Lee is an expert in signal design and signal systems, and has assisted numerous agencies in feasibility studies and design of Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS).
He has conducted many transportation planning studies including over 100 traffic impact studies and numerous corridor and safety studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Jody Short, P.E., PTOE
Mr. Short is the President of Lee Engineering and manages the Dallas office. He has a wide variety traffic engineering and transportation planning experience since earning his Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989. These projects include intersection capacity analyses, signal warrant studies, signal designs, closed-loop system designs, and the development of isolated, arterial and grid signal system timing plans.
Additional projects have included traffic safety studies, freeway capacity and access analyses, freeway and arterial roadway signing and marking plans, corridor studies, and construction traffic control plans. Other projects include site traffic impact analyses, parking demand analyses, functional design of parking facilities, and travel demand modeling. He has provided "On-Call" Traffic Engineering services to TxDOT for eight years under three different contracts.
Mr. Short has taken on leadership roles in ITE throughout his career. He has served as President of the Texas A&M student chapter, the Greater Dallas Area Chapter, and is a former District President of TexITE.
Dharmesh Shah, P.E., PTOE
Mr. Shah is the Vice-President of Lee Engineering and has over 18 years of experience in traffic and transportation engineering, serving public agency, other design firms, and private development clients.
Mr. Shah has a broad range of expertise that includes Traffic Engineering Design: traffic signal design, pavement marking and signing, traffic control plans, Complete Street Design; Traffic Operations: traffic signal timing, macroscopic and microscopic simulation; ITS – feasibility study, design and implementation of Advance Transportation Management Systems (ATMS) including signal system and other ITS devices, ITS planning, and communication network planning and design; Transportation Planning – corridor studies, thoroughfare planning, and impact fee studies; Traffic Impact Studies – for various types of developments ranging from small residential development to large scale mixed-use developments generating more than 100,000 trips per day; Pedestrian Safety – Safe Routes to School plan development implementation, and pedestrian safety studies; Illumination – roadway lighting design including photometric analysis, and high mast lighting.
Mr. Shah has managed numerous traffic engineering on-call contracts for various municipalities and TxDOT. He received the “Young Consultant of Year” award, presented by TexITE in 1995. He has a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Dave Bruggeman, P.E., PTOE
Mr. Bruggeman leads the ITS and Traffic Signal Systems Group of our Phoenix Office. Mr. Bruggeman has over 25 years of hands-on experience, including time as a municipal traffic engineer. Mr. Bruggeman specializes in computerized signal systems, fiber optic communications systems, development and installation of signal timing and agency training in traffic signal operations.
Mr. Bruggeman has led ADOT Traffic Engineering On-Call and ADOT ITS On-Call contracts since program inception, serves as a contract traffic signal engineer for several municipalities and is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Tom Larwin, P.E.
Mr. Tom Larwin has extensive transit and transportation planning, management and engineering experience. Before joining Lee, Mr. Larwin was with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) for 27 years, three as its Director of Planning and 24 years as General Manager. He also spent two years as Deputy Chief Executive for the San Diego Association of Governments and has been a consultant for over 10 years. At MTDB he oversaw the development of the San Diego light rail transit system including its initial start-up and six subsequent extensions. Annual bus and LRT combined revenue ridership increased from 27.7 million passengers to 62.5 million during his tenure as General Manager, an average increase of 5% each year. In addition, during his time with MTDB, 18 transit centers were developed, and four major, multi-use transit oriented developments (TODs) were completed.
Paul Barricklow, P.E., PTOE
Albuquerque Office Manager / Senior Project Manager
Mr. Barricklow is the Senior Project Manager of Lee Engineering’s Albuquerque office. He has over 13 years of experience in the field of traffic engineering and transportation planning. His project experience includes traffic operations studies, traffic signal design, traffic signal timing and coordination, safe routes to school studies, traffic impact analysis, ITS design, and transit planning studies. Mr. Barricklow has expert traffic modeling skills in Highway Capacity Software, VISSIM, CORSIM, and Synchro.
Mr. Barricklow has led many projects throughout the state of New Mexico for clients such as the City of Albuquerque, the New Mexico Department of Transportation, and City of Rio Rancho, City of Farmington, Los Alamos, City of Hobbs, Bernalillo County, and Corrales.
Mr. Barricklow’s atypical combination of management and engineering education combined with his experience makes him uniquely qualified for diverse transportation planning and traffic engineering projects.
Esther Shaw, P.E.
Oklahoma City Office Manager / Project Manager
Mrs. Shaw is a Project Manager with Lee Engineering and manages the Oklahoma City office. She has over 10 years of experience with various civil engineering design projects which include water, wastewater, airports, local roadway, commercial site development, and traffic operations management improvements. Her traffic engineering project experience includes traffic signal design, traffic signal timing, traffic impact analysis, fiber optic design, and traffic modeling studies. Mrs. Shaw is a member of ITE, APWA, ASCE, the Chickasaw Nation, and the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association.
John Friebele, P.E.
San Antonio Office Manager / Senior Project Manager
Mr. Friebele has more than 40 years experience in the fields of traffic engineering, transportation planning and municipal engineering having served 22 years in the public sector as a traffic engineer with the City of Austin and the City Traffic Engineer for the cities of Garland and San Antonio. He has also served as an on-call consulting traffic engineer for a number of communities in North-Central and South Texas.
Applicable experience includes traffic signal and ITS design, traffic signal timing, corridor analysis, traffic impact studies, development impact fee studies, parking demand and crash analysis studies, roadway illumination and traffic and operations planning for special events. Other experience includes roadway design and water and wastewater facilities design, transit facilities design and transit operational studies. He is pre-certified by TxDOT in 15 work categories.
Mr. Friebele is active in the Institute of Transportation Engineers and has served in several leadership positions including President of District 9 (Texas) and Chairman of District 9’s Consultants Council. He obtained certification of PTOE in the program’s inaugural class in 1999.