Nina Babiarz began her career with McGraw-Hill, reporting regional and national engineering and construction news, including many large transportation and infrastructure projects. Covering agency officials and private industry leaders, she provided a liaison for information between public agencies and design consultants. While at McGraw-Hill, she extended her studies from Education to a BA in Communications and served a studio internship with Warner Cable.
Her communications career embraced a technology focus as an Assistant Marketing Director for Bertagni Electronic Sound Transducers where she scripted and coordinated the production team for the companyís promotional video featuring Board member Placido Domingo. Relocating to San Diego she served as Director of Marketing for PEPCO, a producer of Electric Vehicle (EV) rapid charging systems and in this capacity, represented the company at the State of California EV mandate hearings and served as a member to the California Energy Commission EV Infrastructure Committee.
Nina found her niche in transportation outreach, education and marketing. Her public education and outreach for the National Automated Highway System Consortium included effective presentations to: elected officials, community groups, industry leaders, policy makers, agencies and associations on the technical feasibility of the demonstration. Her contributions helped to secure the 1998 ITS National Award for "Most Effective ITS Promotion by a Public-Private Partnership" for The State of California.
As Director of Marketing for Technology Management Inc., (TMI), she developed a "Day-in-the-Life-Of" interview process, a communications tool used to determine operational requirements, define organizational clarity and identify efficiency concerns with Caltrans and CHP for Transportation Management Centers (TMC) throughout the State. The results were analyzed and integrated into the final TMC designs.
As a member of the Southern California ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) Priority Corridor Steering Committee and itís ITS Outreach/Marketing subcommittee, she assisted in the completion of the Action Plan for use throughout the state. She identified ITS curriculum requirements for San Diego Miramar Collegeís ATTEi Center (Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy Initiative) and made significant contributions to the San Francisco City Collegeís grant for Light and Heavy Rail training programs.
Ms. Babiarz was the 1999 recipient of the San Diego Business Journalís annual "Women Who Mean Business" award in the category of Transportation. As a key leader in the regional transportation community, she has planned and conducted many highly successful public information meetings and focus groups in support of furthering the awareness and understanding of advanced transportation technologies.
Nina has served as the Director of the Energy Technology Training Center (ETTC) at the College of the Desert (COD) in Palm Desert California for over three years. One of ten (10) Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy (ATTEi) Centers in the community college system, the ETTC is slated with the responsibility of providing an array of transportation technology and related technical education, assistance and outreach programs resulting in consistent, replicable curriculum, services and programs tailored to the needs of each region and employers throughout California.
As Director, Babiarz managed a National Science Foundation grant developing a Tech Prep Program of Advanced Transportation Technologies and Hydrocarbon Gaseous Fuels, conducted a final edit and beta test at Cypress College for a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) training manual delivered to the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) for national distribution, served as a review team coordinator for the FTA on Hydrogen/Fuel Cell supplemental training materials inclusive of a beta test at AC Transit and contributed significantly to ATTEi's biodiesel curriculum development. Babiarz is also a certified curriculum developer from The Ohio State University.
As a founding college member of the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium (SCRTTC) she assisted in teamed efforts of outreach to elected officials in both Washington D.C. and regional offices. Under the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the SCRTTC was awarded $1.28 million in Research and Technology funds over a four year period, specifically for the development and delivery of training to the transit industry.
Babiarz was tapped eight (8) years ago to coordinate and facilitate the SCRTTC efforts in bringing the training goals of the consortium to fruition. In this role, she supports the efforts of the SCRTTC program on a variety of tasks and assignments. These efforts include complete oversight, day-to-day local management, program planning, budget planning, curriculum planning, curriculum development, course delivery and government relations, including but not limited to, liaison with the Federal Transportation Administration, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) and all others as necessary in direct relationship with the SCRTTC's activities.
She also assists in the development of marketing materials and an outreach plan to support the training tracts, programs and membership development, support efforts by the Government Relations Committee to secure additional funding support, participates in the annual update of the business plan and provides monthly written activities reports inclusive of the salient issues and accomplishments, training hours, class rosters, student evaluations and course topics taught.