Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Student Chapters @ STRIDE-affiliated Universities - Spring 2016
Florida International University
One of this semester’s highlights for FIU is work on the technical project “Evaluation of Downtown Pedestrian Priority Zone Strategies”. This is a project in collaboration with FDOT, which started from Fall 2014. The chapter finished the tasks of data collection and strategy assessment, and are now producing a draft final report.
Members presented to transportation engineering to freshmen at FIU, followed by a tour of the IITS (Integrated Intelligent Transportation System) lab and the Driving Simulation lab. Three outside guest speakers were invited to speak at meetings and two graduate student seminars were held this Spring semester. Members attended the 2016 UTC conference held in Knoxville and the FIU WTS chapter president won third place in 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competitions in the mobility category.
FIU WTS Student Chapter started an “Engineers on Wheels” program, where members visit South Florida schools to provide students with hands-on activities and engineering experiments, as well as expose them to career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). One such program was presented in April.
Georgia Institute of Technology
GT WTS began the semester with their second annual Faculty Chat, themed ‘Balancing Children and Academia.’ The event featured five male and female faculty members with children. The faculty who participated were: Dr. Michael Hunter, Dr. Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, Dr. Michael Rodgers, Dr. Kari Watkins, and Dr. Jorge Laval. The meeting was a great success with 30 current and new members of WTS-Georgia Tech in attendance.
WTS-Georgia Tech and ITE-Georgia Tech purchased the rights to a critically acclaimed transportation documentary called ‘Bikes versus Cars,’ and the organizations co-hosted a joint movie night where transportation planning and engineering students were invited to enjoy the film, have some movie snacks, and engage in informal discussion about the role of transportation infrastructure in shaping cities.
In March, WTS hosted Invited Talks on Small Business Ownership, which featured three women sharing their experiences about starting a tech entrepreneurship and a Civil Engineering design firm: Emily Herman, Head of Intelligence at Roadie, an on demand shipping service; and Jennifer Aulick Etheridge and Kate Henry, President and Vice President of Aviation Services respectively of Aulick Engineering, a woman owned DBE that deals with design and construction management primarily in drainage and aviation.
The last event featured a roundtable luncheon with the WTS-Atlanta board members in April for an update. WTS-Georgia Tech has also remained active in participating in community service events over the course of the semester with members maintaining a presence at the WTS-Atlanta Transportation YOU volunteering events held at Grady High School.
University of Florida
This Spring, WTS Gator Student Chapter had the opportunity to table and promote the organization to students, as well as meet other organizations on campus with similar goals for future co-sponsoring events like Women's Student Association (WSA) and HeForShe.
In March, the student chapter hosted a free interactive workshop featuring Marsha Anderson-Bomar, Stantec executive and transportation engineer who serves as WTS International treasurer, The workshop gave students advice and suggestions on how to be a strong leader as your career progresses to the top of the boardroom.
WTS sponsored field trip to Tampa Port in April which included a technical tour of the port facilities. Students went on a boat tour to see operations in the water like viewing the vessel traffic service management, the cruise terminals, and how the cargo cranes operate. The tour was then moved to land where two Project Managers showed the future plans of the port and gave students a tour of the construction taking place to expand the port's services.
WTS tabled at UF's Campus Earth Day Celebration in April to introduce sustainable means of transport at UF's campus and displayed the organization's sustainability project of incorporating more electric vehicles on campus. Some members will attend May’s WTS International Conference in Austin, Texas to learn about the latest developments in the transportation field.