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AAAEA-CA Who's Who Awards & Scholarship Gala

AAAEA-CA Who's Who Awards & Scholarship Gala

Date(s) - 11/13/2021
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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The Phoenicia


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by Arab American Association Engineers Architects CA


The Phoenicia

343 N Central Ave.

Glendale, CA 91203

Yes! We are back with our outstanding speakers, entertainment, and food! Join us November 13th with Mr. Toks Omishakin, Caltrans Director!

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Please join the Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects California Chapter (AAAEA-CA) in celebrating 10 years of achievements at the Tenth Anniversary, Awards, and Scholarship Dinner.

Featuring, Mr. Toks Omishakin (for the California Department of Transportation, Caltrans Director, keynote)

We are also honored to present Who’s Who in Architecture & Engineering Recognition Award!

– Ms. Dina El-Tawansy (Caltrans District 4), Mr. Adel HageKhalil (MWD), Ms. Sumer Hasenin (City of SD), Mr. Phil Doudar (LADPW), and Mr. Joe Mouawad (EMWD), and more.

As you are used to, our program includes Networking, Mediterranean Dinner, Accomplishment Awards, Scholarship, and as always, Entertainment (Comedy)!

We are honored to have as guest speaker Mr. Toks Omishakin.

Toks Omishakin was appointed the 33rd Director of Caltrans by Governor Gavin Newsom and sworn in October 2019. Director Omishakin manages a $15 billion budget and nearly 22,000 employees who oversee 50,000 lane miles of highway, maintain approximately 20,000 bridges, provide permitting of more than 400 public-use airports, fund three of Amtrak’s busiest intercity rail services and provide transit support to more than 200 local and regional transit agencies. Director Omishakin’s transportation vision for California features a safe, equitable, sustainable, and multimodal transportation system that builds on strong local partnerships. He and the leadership team established the 5 Priorities for the Department in 2019 and, in 2020, finalized a new Strategic Plan with a focus on Caltrans’ foundational principles of Equity, Climate Action and Safety. He also encourages a Caltrans culture of innovation and intelligent risk-taking, as transformative innovation will be needed to achieve zero traffic-related deaths and reduce GHGs by 40% by 2030.

Having been immersed in the transportation industry for almost two decades, Director Omishakin came to Caltrans following eight years with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). There, he successfully established environmental, multimodal and planning policies to make TDOT one of the best state DOTs in the country. As Deputy Commissioner for Environment and Planning, he was responsible for an administrative and project budget of more than $300 million annually. He also led the activities of the divisions of Environmental Services, Long-Range Planning, Multimodal Transportation Resources, and the Freight and Logistics Division.

Prior to that role, he served as Director of Healthy Living Initiatives in the Nashville Mayor’s Office. In that capacity, he led development of Nashville’s Complete Streets Policy and helped establish a more balanced approach to transportation planning and design. This included spearheading creation of two bicycle sharing programs.

In December 2019, Omishakin became Chair of the Council on Active Transportation for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). This came after serving two years as committee vice chair and serving as inaugural chair of AASHTO’s Multimodal Task Force. He is on the Board of America Walks, Veloz, Mineta Transportation Institute and ITS World Congress and has advised the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis through its Transportation Council Board.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Omishakin and his wife have two children. He is completing a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering Technology from Mississippi Valley State University.

Thanks to all our sponsors!

Thank you for all our sponsors. Scholarships cannot be offered to those who deserve and need it without your continuous support! Note: Sponsors can pay via check if they wish. Please email

AAAEA-CA Executive Board

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