Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapters @ STRIDE-affiliated Universities - Fall 2016

University of Florida

The University of Florida ITE Student Chapter organized numerous events including field trips, tabling, seminars and socials during the fall semester. ITE’s premier event every year is the 

Collegiate Traffic Bowl, a jeopardy-style competition held this year at the FSITE Summer Meeting, Daytona Beach, Fla., where participants put to the test their understanding of the transportation industry.

In November, UF ITE attended the Florida Section ITE meeting held in conjunction with TRANSPO. UF ITE also hosted a seminar with guest speaker Larry Hagen, who is currently the owner of Hagen Consulting Services and formerly worked at FDOT and UF. Mr. Hagen ’s presentation provided an insightful account of his career in the transportation industry and offered advices on how students can make the most of their experience at UF.

North Carolina State University

The joint chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), American Society of Highway 

Engineers (ASHE), and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) received the honor of NCSITE’s chapter of the year and brought back the Cribbins Cup. Five students were among several scholarship winners recognized at the NCSITE annual meeting: Shoaib Samandar, Russell Smith, Elizabeth Williams, Jordan Rosenfeld, and Ishtiak Ahmed. Additionally, the semester had numerous presentations and socials throughout fall 2016.

Students gained an interesting insight into pavement engineering practices through a presentation by Mary Rawls, S&ME design-build staff professional, who is a NCSU ITE-ASHE-AREMA alum, at a general meeting in November along with with Vladimir Mitchev, S&ME design-build project manager. In September, Amanda Good from Kimley-Horn provided students with an exciting presentation on connected vehicles.

Florida International University

The ITE Student Chapter at Florida International University (FIU) was involved in numerous professional and social activities in fall 2016. In August, the chapter collaborated with NHTSA for the Safe Cars Save Lives bus tour event at FIU.

During the event, safety experts conducted free checks for vehicle recalls, tire inflation, car seat installation and discussed heatstroke prevention strategies. The chapter co-hosted a Connected Vehicles (CV), Automated Vehicles (AV) and Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) Workshop at FIU in October. The workshop provided an opportunity to review the national trends and South Florida’s perspectives regarding the implementation of CV/AV and TSM&O strategies. They also hosted Transportation Development Series including three distinguished guest speaker events presented by transportation professionals and seven seminars presented by graduate students. In addition to these activities, the chapter participated in several Civil Engineering Career Orientation programs and outreach activities to encourage younger generations to pursue civil engineering and transportation engineering-related fields.

The FIU chapter was recognized as the recipient of the 2016 ITE International Best Student Chapter Award at the ITE International Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., in August 2016. Executive board members Daniela Waltersdorfer and Homa Fartash won first and second place from the Gold Coast Chapter ITE BOOK Scholarship.

Chapter members attended Transpo 2016 in West Palm Beach in November 2016 and received the ITE District 10 Best Student Chapter Award for our outstanding activities during the year 2015-2016. Homa Fartash, chapter president, was recognized as the recipient of Henry P. Boggs Best Student Paper Award and Bill McGrath Transportation Studied Scholarship.

Georgia Institute of Technology

This year, the ITE chapter at Georgia Tech had one of their most successful fall semesters in the organization’s history, with 43 dues-paying active members. The chapter began the semester with a kick-off meeting that included 52 attendees, highlighting their upcoming events and electing officers. Besides numerous socials, networking events, tailgating, and volunteering, the organization held three professional development events. 

The first was a scholarship writing workshop with guest Dr. Lisa Rosenstein, professor of engineering communications, who presented advice on writing scholarship and fellowship essays. The second was the Fehrs and Peers professional development webinar where students learned about the company and received advice from seasoned professionals. The third professional event was a collaboration event between the ITE, ASHE and WTS student groups. The school’s very first Transportation Career Fair was hosted with representatives from five companies and one public agency attending.

Some administrative accomplishments that the chapter had throughout the semester included: raising $1,000 in funds for the TRB Annual meeting, updating and expanding their social media presence, and establishing an online dues-payment portal for memberships.