Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapters @ STRIDE-affiliated Universities - Spring 2016Florida International University
For Spring 2016, FIU’s ITE invited ten professionals to speak and arranged two graduate seminar events in which graduate students presented their current research outcomes. For the first time, the chapter has organized a C# programming series to improve its members’ programming skills. The chapter is also organizing VISSIM & VISSUM workshops for its members and transportation industry professionals.
The FIU-ITE Chapter dramatically increased its members’ presence in professional conferences and meetings. Since January 2016, the chapter members participated in seven professional development programs. A wide range of voluntary service activities were performed, including helping arrange the graduate school open house, career orientation, and FIU campus tours. The chapter members assisted the FIU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in arranging the graduate school open house, career orientation, and FIU campus tours. In addition, the chapter members have won several awards at the university, state and national level.
Georgia Institute of Technology
GaTech’s ITE kicked off the semester with a young professionals panel at their January meeting, including six GT transportation engineering graduates. In February, ITE@GT held a panel discussion on "Entering the Job Market" (in academia, the public and private sectors). Also in Febraury was a collaboration with WTS and Emory Spokes Council to host a private screening of the award winning documentary “Bikes vs Cars”. The documentary highlights the journeys of bike activists Los Angeles and Sao Paolo as they work toward improving the quality of life in their cities through the provision of bicycle infrastructure.
In March, three ITE@GT members faced off with ITE members at Kennesaw State University at the 2016 Annual Georgia Section Traffic Bowl Competition at Maggiano’s in Cumberland. ITE@GT emerged victorious and represented Georgia at the Southern District Traffic Bowl Competition in Tennessee in April.
Members got together with ASHE-GT, the Students Planning Association (SPA), and YPT to jointly host a tour of the Edgewood/Candler Park MARTA Station transit oriented develeopment (TOD). The tour was given by Amanda Rhein of MARTA and Eric Kronberg of Kronberg Wall Architecture.
The chapter organized a two-day STEM outreach program at Centennial Academy in March. Student volunteers spent 2 afternoons with 17 6th and 7th graders, teaching them about transportation engineering. The students went through the transportation engineering process using the Atlanta street car as an example. ITE@GT volunteers then guided the students in a sidewalk data collection activity.
The purpose of the activity was to help students understand the considerations that go into sidewalk design in terms of accessibility to persons with disabilities. The students got to use wheelchairs, smart levels, tape measures and tablets to collect both quantitative and qualitative data about the paths on their school campus. These data were then analyzed by the students on the second day of the outreach using Excel. The second day ended with the students presenting their findings of their school’s accessibility to persons with disabilities in groups of three using power point.
North Carolina State University
NC State’s ITE student chapter began the semester with their trip to the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. Thanks to STRIDE and their academic department, they were able to support and arrange travel for 32 students – 18 graduates and 14 undergraduates, who presented in sessions, poster sessions, and lectern sessions and committee meetings. The chapter president, Andy Wagner, was presented as an Eisenhower Graduate Fellow in their Research Showcase.
Later in January, former NCSITE president Burt Tasaico was hosted at the monthly meeting. In February, they coordinated with recruiters from CDM Smith to arrange individual and small-group informational meetings as NCSU’s Engineering Career Fair. After the fair, they promoted and attended an informational session with Kimley-Horn. The chapter also partnered with the department’s graduate student association to hold a LinkedIn photo event.
At the February monthly meeting, Coleman Brown from the City of Durham spoke on his career in public road maintenance.
The March meeting featured Derek Piper from Parsons Brinckerhoff presenting his involvement with the unique Elizabeth River Tunnel project in Norfolk, VA. A bike ride event was arranged and current NCSITE president Todd Delk joined in. The chapter also held a bowling social at the bowling alley just across the street from campus.
April saw an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup, followed by assisting with the department’s Boy Scout Engineering Day. In mid-April was the annual meeting of the Southern District of ITE for the Traffic Bowl competition. April’s meeting welcomed current NCSITE president Todd Delk to speak on bike/ped improvements in the City of Raleigh and opportunities for students within NCSITE. An end-of-year picnic is planned at the end of the semester in conjunction with local NCSITE professionals.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
At UAB, several ITE student chapter members and the faculty advisor traveled to Washington, D.C. in January for the 95th Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting.
They presented technical papers and posters at the conference and attended technical sessions, committee meetings, and the STRIDE reception.
In March UAB student members attended the ALSITE Spring Meeting in Columbiana, AL. They also participated in the Annual Alabama Traffic Bowl Competition and attended a presentation by Mr. Jim Meads, President/CEO at Sain Associates, Inc., titled “What they don’t teach you in engineering school.”
The UAB ITE Student Chapter is now preparing for the Girls in Science and Engineering Day that will take place at UAB on May 7, 2016. It is a day for local middle school girls (6th-8th grade) to come to UAB and participate in fun science and engineering activities and interact with female faculty members and professionals in transportation engineering and other related fields.
University of Florida
The ITE Student Chapter at UF hosted five events throughout the Spring semester. The first was the Benton Engineering Council’s (BEC) Engineering Fair (E-Fair), which took place on February 23-24, 2016, where the chapter hosted a Signal Controller activity.
In March, UF ITE’s held a social at UF’s Lake Wauburg, and then held a seminar where Mr. Ronald Ratliff presented “Building Blocks for a Successful Career.” Mr. Ratliff currently serves RS&H as a Board Member on two Board Committees providing business, professional and client advisor to Executive Management.
Also in March, UF ITE partnered with the WTS Gator Student Chapter to host a technical tour of Port Tampa Bay. Students learned about Florida's largest and most diversified seaport through an informative and educational harbor excursion aboard the Bay Spirit II. After the boat tour, Ram Kancharla, Vice-President of Planning and Development at Port Tampa Bay, gave a presentation on port operations and current and future port projects at the port.
The final event of the semester was a tour of the North Florida Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) in Jacksonville, FL in April. Ryan Crist, District 2 RTMC Manager, led the tour, which included presentations from representatives of Metric Engineering and Florida Department of Transportation District 2.