- Engineer Norman Tai
Norman Tai is a Transportation Planning Engineer at the National Works Agency where his focus is on the planning and design of highway and road transportation systems as well as the analysis and implementation of micro and macro urban traffic management strategies. He has been involved with the design and implementation of several large-scale road improvement projects such as the Major Infrastructural Development Programme (MIDP) and the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP). He is a strong advocate for Road Safety Engineering and is very keen on transport modelling and research geared towards demand management, accessibility, and sustainability in transport.
Norman majored in Civil Engineering at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine where he graduated with Honours. He is also a 2021/2022 Chevening Scholar and graduated with Distinction in the MSc. (Eng.) Transportation Planning and Engineering programme from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Coming out of his studies there, he was awarded for being the top Engineering Student, for having the top Dissertation mark, and for having done the most innovative or impactful research. He was also a top contender for the Voorhees-Large Prize – a competition for the best Masters’ Dissertation across all the United Kingdom. His research, which focuses on the Public Transport system in Kingston, models Public Transport demand, and assesses a myriad of dynamic variables towards effective policy or infrastructural implementation. The research has been accepted and incorporated by the Association for European Transport (AET) after he made representation at the European Transport Conference in Milan, Italy, in September 2023. Norman has made several presentations in the field of transport engineering including at the recent Caribbean Maritime University Industry Conference where he discussed Transportation and the Built Environment.
Norman has served as a Council member of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) in several capacities over the last six (6) years including Chairman of the Civil Division and Honorary Secretary. He is also a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.