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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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When I think back to try and identify why I became an engineer, I find it difficult to pinpoint one single event or person that inspired me.  My memories are pretty vague and fuzzy for a professional who deals in the concrete (no pun intended!) and practical!  I believe engineering was on my mind fairly early on.  In fact, a childhood friend told me a few years ago that she recalled me telling her that I wanted to be a civil engineer in 7th grade.  I don't even remember that!   Rather than one single moment in time, it was likely just a series of seemingly ordinary events that spoke to me and pushed me in the engineering direction.  For example, it may have ...
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I grew up a BRAT ( B orn and R aise in an A rmy T own), so my family spent many hours traveling the Interstate system, sometimes to head home to see family and other times on our way to a new home. One thing I remember most about these trips is my father explaining the numbering of the Interstate system to my sister and me. He quizzed us on it during each trip. I-10? Even, so that is an east-west Interstate and 10, that is low, so that must travel through the southern part of the country. Looking back, these experiences of road tripping across the country and living in different communities played a significant role in me finding my place in transportation ...
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82 seconds. What does it mean? To some people it may mean nothing at all. To a 4x200 m relay team, it may mean four seconds away from a world record. It may mean nearly $15 million worth of commercial time during the super bowl. Maybe it’s enough time for a few more reps at the gym. It may mean seeing that shooting star in the night sky or not. What we do know, is that all of that meaning is lost if you’re needlessly stuck in traffic, even for 82 seconds. While sitting in the Universidad de Zacatecas in Mexico, as an undergraduate, I learned that with a little analysis and some slight tweaking to signal timing along a two-mile corridor, I could give back an ...
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What got me into engineering were my math grades and the suggestion from my dad. It’s not a profession I’d ever heard of before he said it, but it stuck. I was accepted at University and never looked back. There were parts of the program that truthfully didn’t appeal to me at all, but there was so much diversity to choose from! Fast forward through undergrad, I got to do a thesis in transportation and was totally hooked! In my opinion, transportation engineering has all the best parts of engineering. No two communities are alike,so all projects also look different. The work is meaningful and changes in the industry and cities keep it exciting.  When it ...
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Like many engineers, I spent hours playing with Legos! I can remember Christmas one year where every gift I opened was some sort of Lego set. All the hours spent with Legos planted the engineer seeds in my head. When my family moved to suburban Chicago before I started 8th grade, I remember being fascinated by the massive network of highways, railroads, and subway lines that formed the backbone of the city. However, I concluded that many of the traffic signals were poorly timed and coordinated! I figured out traffic and transportation issues largely fell within civil engineering, which I decided to major in at Iowa State University. For the first 13 years after ...
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Dear All,  I want to model drivers behavior on multi lane highways that do not have lane lines  the drivers lane changing and maneuvering is so random and I have interest to model such condition what traffic software could be used to simulate such conditions  Thanks
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