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Susan Park Rani, founder and president of Rani Engineering, was one of two featured speakers at a professional development panel at the Regional Transportation Authority in Chicago on Oct. 30.

The presentation was sponsored by the Greater Chicago Chapter of WTS Advancing Women in Transportation. Rani Engineering, which has numerous civil engineering and surveying projects, is especially growing in rail signal engineering.

Ms. Rani joined Deborah Sawyer, founder and president of EDI (Environmental Design International) of Chicago, to speak about challenges and issues of entrepreneurship in the fields of engineering and transportation. Ms. Sawyer started her career as an environmental scientist and recently received Chicago Magazine’s Green Award.

The panel was moderated by Emma Kowalenko, senior environmental planner and president of Kowalenko Consulting Group Inc., (KCG).

Founded in 1977, WTS was initially created as “Women’s Transportation Seminars.” It is now an international organization with more than 5,000 members.