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As you receive this issue of ITE Journal, we will be in the final stages of preparation for the Joint ITE International and Texas District Annual Meeting and Exhibit, which is always an exciting event for ITE staff and our members. It is a time to see old friends, build new connections, experience the local flavor of a District Meeting combined with an International meeting, and showcase the best of what ITE and our profession have to offer. We have a great technical program, a sold-out exhibit hall, a record-nine technical workshops, and a wide variety of technical tours and great social events. Our sponsors are helping us keep costs down while enhancing the ...
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With the Austin, TX, USA meeting fast approaching, I have been putting a lot of thought into the reasons why ITE International has an Annual Meeting. There are some obvious procedural reasons to gather its elected leadership each year, but what are the compelling reasons for a member to attend? Here are my top reasons you should consider attending the Annual Meeting: 1. Technical Content – The meeting attracts some of the most senior speakers from industry looking to showcase their work and the meeting delivers exceptional content. 2. Fun and Experiential – Each year, the Annual Meeting is paired with a District meeting, so you experience local content and ...
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Because of the generosity of both W. Hibbett Neel, P.E. (H) and Ken Voigt, P.E. (H) the ITE Diversity Scholar Program Committee has been able to select a second diversity scholar. Sebastian Velasquez from Houston, TX, USA is our second 2019 diversity scholar. Sebastian recently graduated from high school with a 3.5 GPA, and is planning to major in civil engineering at Texas A&M Kingsville. In Sebastian’s personal statement and through his teacher recommendations, we were provided a glimpse into Sebastian’s resiliency.    Sebastian’s family lost their home in Hurricane Harvey. With such a traumatic loss, his ability to attend school was difficult.  This ...
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By Carl Olson, P.E., ASEP, Oregon ITE ITS Subcommittee Co-Chair and Oregon ITE Secretary – Treasurer Elect On May 16, the Oregon ITE ITS Subcommittee held their first ever SensorAMA event. The event was a day filled with, you guessed it, sensors! Vendor and agency presentations were focused into three sessions; Bike/Ped, Analytics, and Safety. The one-day event was held at the David Evans & Associates corporate headquarters on the beautiful south waterfront in Portland, Oregon with more than 110 individuals in attendance! With four vendors and four agency professionals all vying for talking time in each 75 minute session, it was imperative to use ...
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Thirty years is a long time. Think back to where you were in 1985 (for those of you who were born). I was starting out my career with the Federal Highway Administration. We were just being introduced to things called personal computers—the ubiquitous use of e-mail, smartphones, and texting were still a long way off. We certainly weren’t talking about connected and automated vehicles, Mobility as a Service, and whether electric scooters were an asset or nuisance. Last month, the ITE International Board of Direction created the first wholly new ITE District in more than 30 years (http://bit.ly/2Q5wWXC). Combined with the emergence of the Missouri Valley and “new” ...
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As ITE International President, I have the good fortune to travel to many of the District meetings and explore different transportation networks firsthand. I recently attended the Great Lakes District meeting in Indianapolis, IN, USA. With the city’s automobile racing heritage, there are several race cars proudly on display within the airport terminal. I immediately concluded this must be a car-centric city because of this history and tradition. After leaving the airport, I quickly realized that it was, instead, a city focused on encouraging all modes of transportation and meeting the public’s growing demand for mobility. There has been recent investment in ...
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The ITE Diversity Scholar Program Committee  is pleased to announce that Jouselyn Lopez from Phoenix, AZ, USA, has been chosen to be the inaugural ITE Diversity Scholar. Jouselyn is a 4.0 student, regularly works 30 hours per week, is an active volunteer in her community, and will be the first person in her family to graduate from college.  She is planning to attend Arizona State University in the fall to major in civil engineering. Last summer Jouselyn interned with AECOM on a light rail expansion project affecting her community, and during this time she met transportation engineers, increasing her interest in the profession while grasping the positive effect ...
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As part of the ONE ITE initiative and efforts to enhance the value of ITE membership, we have been strengthening the relationships among all parts of ITE. We recognize that being an ITE member means being connected to and receiving benefits from all levels of the organization—locally, regionally, and globally. For most ITE members, involvement starts at the local level (Student Chapter, Chapter, or Section)—often this will be your strongest connection to ITE throughout your career. This is natural and expected. This is where your network is, where your community connections are, where the issues you are closest to are. This is where I started with ITE, as a ...
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Over time, we have unwittingly removed physical activity from peoples’ lives through design. Communities are planned in large part around the use of cars and walking—biking and transit use are often an afterthought. This has led to a growing health challenge. Obesity has risen to epidemic proportions in North America, which has been linked to our car-centric culture. More than 100 years ago, health was largely determined by how and where you lived—today, in spite of tremendous advances in medical care, this is still true. However, our current health epidemic is not one of infectious diseases such as cholera and typhoid, but of chronic diseases such as diabetes, ...
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Three years ago we began the process of creating a formal giving program at ITE. While prior, there had been a number of individual efforts, there was no organized way for organizations and individuals to support the charitable works of ITE. The Legacy Program was launched in October 2016 with a goal of helping develop the next generation of leaders within ITE and to advance diversity and inclusion within our profession. I am pleased to report that the program is fulfilling its vision and at the same time continuing to grow. Annually, the Legacy Program provides two scholarships to ITE’s premier leadership development program—LeadershipITE. Yung Koproswki and ...
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At one time, the term “professional” was applied to individuals with certain traditional careers, such as those who practiced law, medicine, or engineering. Lawyers, doctors, and engineers were all seen as playing an important role in society. The lawyer was there to protect legal rights. People had a right to representation by legal counsel and the right to a fair trial. Likewise, the role of the doctor was to protect public health. In ancient Greece, a new doctor would recite the Hippocratic Oath and basically swear to the healing gods to uphold high ethical standards when dealing with patients. Today, the oath has been modified to describe protection of client ...
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Clemson University’s Master of Transportation Safety and Administration (MTSA) is the first graduate program of its kind in the United States with a focus on the management and administration of road safety programs. The degree addresses the need for a road safety workforce capable of deploying evidence-based strategies and best practices supported by ongoing research. The recently approved graduate program is now accepting applications for students for the Fall 2019 semester. The Application Fee will be waived for the first 50 students who complete and submit their application for admission to the Fall 2019 semester class by August 1, 2019. Clemson ...
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On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York City, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. It was a senseless act of violence. On September 12, 2001, 100 more people were killed at dozens of locations around the United States. On September 13th, 100 more died, and another 100 each day for the rest of the year. By the end of 2001 more than 42,000 people were killed in roadway crashes in this country. Over the last 15 years, more than 500,000 people – one half million people – were killed on our nation’s roadways. Each was a senseless act of violence. Each was tragic. Each was preventable. Fast ...
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The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are jointly administering an annual student research paper competition known as the Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award Student Research Paper Competition. We are  currently seeking   three   practicing transportation professionals or academicians  interested in serving on a panel to review student paper submissions. Familiarity with the structure and application of HSIS data or other safety data systems is helpful but not required in order to serve in this role. Panelist Selection and Responsibilities Panelists ...
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​ The Women of ITE subcommittee is currently promoting an Information Crusade. Each month we will explore a new topic that contributes to safe, equal opportunities in the transportation profession and the communities we serve. This month is Hiring and Measuring Progress # transportation # womenofite Check out the article! https://www.ite.org/about-ite/women-of-ite-sub-committee/
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One of the greatest benefits of ITE membership is our online community—or the e-Community, as we are rebranding it, to distinguish it from our physical Community of Transportation Professionals. Membership in ITE connects you to a world of ideas, people, and resources. The e-Community is your window into this world, giving you perspective on where our profession is heading, connecting to peers from across the globe, and finding answers to questions or solutions to problems. I regularly post articles or reports to ITE e-Community that I find interesting or instructive. I try to share my perspective or interpretation of the issue and hope to give you something ...
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I have a small sign taped to my wall at work that provides various answers to an unknown question. They include lines like “You can’t stop it,” “It’s beginning,” or “It hasn’t yet begun.” There is an arrow pointing to one specific answer that proclaims, “It’s happening.” That is exactly how I feel about connected and automated vehicles. While there has been considerable debate in the industry and posts to the ITE e-Community about the testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads, as an organization we need to be engaged and ready to respond to this fast-moving area of transportation. Your car may already employ lower levels of autonomous features, such as ...
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Co-Authored by: Raymond Tam As we think about our responsibilities as engineers it is important to reflect on questions of diversity and inclusion.  The 2018-2020 ITE Strategic Plan recognizes the need for ITE to increase its efforts in this area.  This blog challenges each of us to think about how these issues come into play in our own work environments. In her book, So You Want to Talk About Race , Ijeoma Oluo stated that  “Intersectionality consists of the belief that we must consider all the intersections of identity, privilege, and oppression before making decisions.” But how can we consider intersections when we are lacking representatives ...
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The next few months at ITE are going to be busy ones. You are going to be hearing from us on a number of different activities. While we try not to overwhelm your inbox, we will be asking for more input than usual between now and the end of March. I thought it would be helpful to outline some of what will be taking place and why. Respond to the ITE Needs Assessment Survey : The ITE Needs Assessment Survey ensures that ITE continues to offer relevant and valuable programming to transportation professionals like you. This survey is open throughout the month of February, with a closing date of March 1. I hope you have seen improvements since ...
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Watch my video on how I decided to become a transportation engineer.  ITE is recognizing National Engineers Week 2019. Throughout the week, there will be posts from ITE members reflecting on how they chose to become transportation engineers, the importance of transportation engineers, and the need for diversity in the transportation profession.
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