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Derya Thompson is the U.S. West Region leader of the Weidlinger Transportation practice. She has more than 25 years of experience in the design, delivery, procurement and management of complex transportation and infrastructure projects, including highways, bridges and railways, in North America, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. Her broad skill set includes the management and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams and sub-consultants, performing feasibility studies, creating detailed designs and providing technical and contractual reviews.
Her project credits include the design and project management of the $1.-billion Gerald Desmond Replacement Bridge at the Port of Long Beach, the first cable-stayed bridge in California; the signature pedestrian bridges with SPF:architects in Los Angeles and Long Beach; and the design delivery of more than 20 rail and road bridges as part of the California High Speed Rail construction project. Among her projects outside the Golden State are the three-level Turcot Interchange and Nouvelle Autoroute 30, both in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the procurement of the three-mile-long Tappan Zee Bridge in New York’s Westchester and Rockland Counties.
Making a Difference
A strong proponent of innovation, Derya serves as senior consultant for design integration with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the next-generation high-speed transit system involving electric propulsion through low-pressure tubes. She sits on the editorial board of e-mosty, an international online magazine about bridges. Derya also volunteers with various organizations, including the University of Southern California chapter of Engineers Without Borders, for which she is a mentor.
Outside of Work
Derya has two teenage daughters who keep her busy. She likes to travel, mostly to areas with an abundance of mountains and lakes where she can enjoy the calmness of nature. Derya is an avid reader of fiction, mainly in French, in order to retain her command of the language, and in Turkish, as a way of staying connected to her roots.
• Design management
• Project management
• Bridge design and analysis
• Long-span structures
• Bridge rehabilitation
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