Alison Catarella-Michel



Alison Catarella-Michel, P.E., PTOE, PTP
President/Transportation Engineer

Ms. Catarella-Michel began working at Urban Systems, Inc. as an Engineer Intern in 2001. She became a Professional Engineer in 2002, an Associate of the firm in 2003 and a Principal in 2006. In 2012 the firm reorganized and she became the President. Ms. Catarella-Michel responsibilities include project management, design, management and training of the firm’s technical staff as well as business development and contract negotiations.

Ms. Catarella-Michel has over nineteen years of experience in Traffic Engineering and has expertise in traffic signal designs, traffic impact analysis, traffic control devices plans, intelligent transportation systems, regional transportation microscopic simulation modeling. She has experience in a wide range of traffic and transportation studies for safety, congestion alleviation, interchange improvements, complete streets and multi-modal facilities for a variety of clients.

Ms. Catarella-Michel co-authored an article published in the September 2001 ITE Journal entitled “A Method for the Simulation of Coordinated Lead-Lag Left-Turn Phasing in CORSIM”. She also co-authored an article that was published in the January 2006 Journal of Transportation Engineering ASCE entitled “Louisiana Highway Evacuation Plan for Hurricane Katrina: Proactive Management of a Regional Evacuation. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers where she is active on the Section, District and International levels.


BS Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


Professional Engineer / Civil Engineering / Louisiana (No. 30261)
Professional Engineer / Civil Engineering / Mississippi (No 16171)
Professional Engineer / Civil Engineering / Alabama (No. 27740)
Professional Traffic Engineer / California (No. TR 2498)
Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (No. 1023)
Professional Transportation Planner (No. 626)
NCEES Record No. 24931

Professional Affiliations

Institute of Transportation Engineers – Fellow
Deep South Section Past President 2003
Deep South Section Representative 2004
Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Cohort Graduate
Leadership ITE 2016

Community Affiliations

Lakeview Civic Association, Past Zoning Committee Member
Edward Hynes Charter Parent Teacher Organization, President 2012-2014
Woman’s Professional Council, Member