ITE and WTS Activities
ITE Spring Activities
The ITE Student Chapter at Florida International University hosted five distinguished professionals from both the academia and industry as guest speakers this semester. The topics of discussion included intelligent transportation systems, transportation planning, transportation management strategies, ramp-metering considerations and 95 express dynamic pricing.
Members attended the 94th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. in January, 2015, participating in poster presentations and other technical sessions. They also participated in the UTC Conference for the Southern Region at Birmingham, Alabama in March 2015.
The FIU chapter also arranged two graduate seminar events where the graduate students presented their recent research outcomes, and held a field trip to Traffic management center (TMC), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 6. Members were also able to volunteer in the FIU Engineering Expo where students from Miami-Dade county schools attended to learn about different engineering fields. The chapter, in collaboration with the WTS student chapter, arranged a fund raising event for Nepal Earthquake.
This Spring, ITE at Georgia Institute of Technology student members have been active in attending seminars, participating in service and social activities, traveling to and presenting at the 94th annual TRB conference in Washington D.C., and joining GAITE for monthly meetings and events.
In January 2015, ITE@GT sent 37 students to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C, where many members presented papers and posters at the conference. The GT Chapter hosted a Young Professionals Panel in February 2015. Chris Rome, Kate D’Ambrosio, Lance Ballard, and Nila Abubakar made up the panelist team to share their tips and keys to success from a variety of young professionals reflecting on their transition from student to transportation professional and their early career. ITE@GT members also led activities with local 5th and 6th graders at the spring outreach program at Centennial Place Academy.
In April, ITE@GT hosted the annual picnic with Georgia ITE on GT campus. Dr. Mike Hunter briefed the chapters on the status of the roundabout capacity project mentioned at the March Monthly Meeting. Dr. James Tsai presented his research on smart infrastructure condition assessment next generation and the image recognition equipped van was showcased on the lawn before and after the lecture. ITE@GT Members mingled with other Georgia ITE members from public and private sectors.
The NC State student chapter of the ITE recently concluded a successful spring semester. In January, 32 students from our chapter attended the 94th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. In February, NC State and ITE welcomed US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to campus as he spoke on behalf of his Grow America initiative.
In March, the chapter continued its tradition of participation in the local Adopt-A-Highway program, dedicating a Saturday morning to clean up our adopted stretch of roadway in southwest Raleigh. NCSU ITE partnered with the University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) in April to conduct a pedestrian crossing study along Avent Ferry Road which runs adjacent to campus. Later that month, the chapter sent members to attend the annual meeting of the Southern District of ITE (SDITE).
Members welcomed two speakers during chapter meetings this semester: Rodger Rochelle spoke on public-private partnerships at the March meeting and Jim Kessler spoke on the history of the North Carolina Railroad Company at the April meeting. The semester concluded with two social events: a bowling outing with the North Carolina Section of ITE and a chapter outing to Adventure Landing.
The UAB ITE student chapter representatives attended the TRB meeting in Washington D.C. in January. Two student chapter members presented research posters at the TRB formal poster sessions. One student chapter member participated in the STRIDE reception poster competition.
The student chapter travelled to Montevallo, AL March 12th to attend the ALSITE Spring Meeting and participate in the Traffic Bowl. Also in March, UAB student chapter members participated and volunteered for the 2015 UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region in Hoover, AL. Chapter members provided registration and logistic support for the conference, and had a chance to present their research work.
This spring, the UF ITE Student Chapter participated in and hosted a variety of activities ranging from K-12 outreach events to technical tours. UF ITE members participated in three seminars this semester: 1)“Exploring Pedestrian Responsive Traffic Signal Timing Strategies in Urban Areas,” 2) a seminar on ITS and Smart Cities, and 3) a seminar on recent projects at Lassiter Transportation Group in Daytona, FL.
For community outreach, UF ITE members reached out to K-12 students through three events. In January there was a Signals Lab Tour for elementary and middle school students. In March there was GatorTRAX, a free math and engineering outreach program for K-12 students in Gainesville, FL where students built LEGO® cars to race down a wooden ramp, and toured a signals lab. The last outreach was the E-Fair in February, using hands-on activities to teach K-12 students about engineering concepts.
This spring marked the first semester that the UF ITE student chapter organized technical tours to observe real-world applications of research. The first tour in February toured the newly-completed Corrine Brown Transit Facility for the Regional Transit System (RTS). The second tour was in March and featured the Gainesville Regional Airport to learn about the current runway repaving projects at the airport and the services offered by the University Air Center, the airport’s fixed-base operator. The last tour in April was a boat tour of Port Tampa Bay where members learned about current and future projects at the port.
WTS Spring Activities
This Spring, the WTS Student Chapter at FIU held a variety of academic and social activities.
At the Engineering Expo in February, members served as tour guides and presenters in the IITS (Integrated Intelligent Transportation System) lab and the Driving Simulation lab.
Five guest speakers were invited for meetings, with presentation topics varying from transportation planning to traffic operations. Members attended the 94th Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington DC and presented technical papers during the TRB Meeting. A presentation was made at the joint WTS/ITE meeting during the 2015 Regional UTC conference to introduce student chapter activities. For a field trip, members visited the signal controller cabinet located at SW 94th Ave and SW 8th street intersection and the personnel from FDOT D6 gave us a detailed introduction to the functions of this controller.
One major project this Spring was in collaboration with FDOT District 6 on a project called “Evaluation of Downtown Pedestrian Priority Zone Strategies” which began Fall 2014. Members conducted an extensive literature review and collected the geometry and traffic data in the field. This project will be completed by the end of summer semester.
Above all, the FIU WTS student chapter was awarded and recognized as the Outstanding Organization in the FIU Engineering Community (Academic year 2014-2015) by FIU Council of student organizations (CSO).
Spring 2015 included two lunch chats, a seminar with the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) - WTS-Atlanta Employer of the Year, and numerous volunteering events. In January immediately following the return from the TRB Annual meeting, was a Female Faculty Chat. This event was held for all female transportation graduate students and faculty members affiliated with the Transportation Systems Engineering department, to foster an atmosphere of openness, and to develop relationships between faculty and graduate students across the department. The second “chat” was held in April during our final lunch meeting. The WTS-Atlanta Board was our invited guest.
Spring 2015 marked their inaugural participation in the 3rd Annual Latino College STEM Fair hosted by Georgia Tech’s GoSTEM Initiative Attendees included hundreds of K-12 Hispanic/Latino students and parents from the Metro Atlanta area and beyond.
Finally WTS@GT congratulates past-president Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah, the 2015 recipient of the CH2M Hill/WTS Strategic Partnership Scholarship.
Most of the spring semester consisted of events that would help make students aware of what WTS aims to do and how it could be beneficial to a student. Members attended events such as the New Student Welcome Fair, the Women’s Leadership Conference, and the Benton Engineering Council’s Pi Day Extravaganza.
In March, WTS and ITE students and faculty from the University of Florida joined together to travel to Birmingham, Alabama for the UTC Conference for the Southeast Region. During the UTC student breakout session, all WTS and ITE representatives from schools in the Southeast Region shared trials and successes in running a WTS/ITE chapter on a college campus.
UF WTS held a workshop by Marsha Anderson Bomar titled "Harmonizing Life: Words, Work, and the World Around Us," where she spoke about the delicate balance between work and personal life in the professional world. The WTS student chapter’s final event was a technical tour of the Port Tampa Bay with UF ITE members as well as WTS and ITE members from USF. After the boat tour, the group heard details about port projects from the VP of Development and Planning, Ram Kancharla, as well as from engineers to learn what an engineer working at a port does on a day-to-day basis.