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What are the key differences between the public and private sectors?  Listen to the viewpoints of Members Dan Hennessey and Kelly Schaefer on their views of these options.   Videos courtesy of ITE’s Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation.   Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP 2022 ITE International President
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I want to extend my congratulations to Robert Wunderlich on being awarded the distinction of ITE Honorary Member!  I have had the pleasure of working with Robert at Texas A&M Transportation Institute and am continually awed by his endless commitment to transportation safety.  His larger-than-life personality serves him well in that regard.  Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!  Read more about his distinguished ITE career in the January 2022 ITE Journal.    Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F) 2022 ITE International President
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What are the key differences between the public and private sectors?  Listen to the viewpoints of Members Dan Hennessey and Kelly Schaefer on their views of these options.   Videos courtesy of ITE’s Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation.   Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F) 2022 ITE International President
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I want to extend my congratulations to Zaki Mustafa on being awarded the distinction of ITE Honorary Member!  I first met Zaki the way many of you did, from in front of the lens of the camera he was holding!  In addition to his boundless energy and commitment to ITE, he extends that servant leadership to his community.  He truly makes a difference wherever he goes.  Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!  Read more about his distinguished ITE career in the January 2022 ITE Journal.    Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F) 2022 ITE International President
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What are some aspects to consider when selecting between job offers?  What should I look for in a company?  Listen to the viewpoints of Members Neelam Dorman ,  Tyler Krage , and Asheque Rahman on their views of these options.   Videos courtesy of ITE’s Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation.   Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F) 2022 ITE International President
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I want to extend my congratulations to Jenny Grote on being awarded the distinction of ITE Honorary Member! Jenny has committed her career to our profession and is one of those tireless individuals who always has time to volunteer, mentor, and cheer you on in your ITE journey. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! Read more about her distinguished ITE career in the January 2022 ITE Journal . Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F) 2022 ITE International President
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This episode of ITE Talks Transporation is sponsored by Trihydro . Kelley Coyner, CEO, and founder of Innovation4Mobility , discusses the current state of autonomous vehicle (AV) development and deployment, and how this technology marries accessibility, connectivity, electrification, and “shareability” to get the best possible outcome from our transportation system. She also touches on low-speed AVs in transit, including case study examples where these autonomous vehicles are being utilized to improve mobility and the quality of life in communities. Finally, Kelley ties the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to the critical ...
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After going to an all-virtual program in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Leadership ITE is taking place in a hybrid format, welcoming 20 new scholars to its ranks.  This approach combines the best attributes of years past into a comprehensive inclusive program, enabling these professionals to evolve their leadership skills for the future. Leadership ITE was established to grow and empower leaders within the transportation industry so that they are well-prepared for greater roles within the profession, as well as at ITE and other associations.  Since 2014, LeadershipITE has been identifying, developing, and engaging leaders to ensure that ...
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Each year we select a theme that reflects where we are as an organization and an industry, providing a focus for our efforts throughout the year. For 2022, we chose “Investing in Our Future.” This theme seems apropos from an internal perspective, where we are making significant investments in the growth and development of our members, and for our profession, where we have seen the recent passage of the largest infrastructure bill in U.S. history. ITE will have a major emphasis on students and younger members in 2022. These emerging transportation professionals are the future of our organization and our profession, and we want to do all we can to support their ...
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Should I do graduate school or enter the workforce?  Listen to the viewpoints of Members Sky Guo and Luana Broshears on their views of these options.   Videos courtesy of ITE’s Women in ITE Committee and Student to Younger Member Transition Task Force to provide information to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation.   Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP 2022 ITE International President
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Recognizing the importance of engaging students and young professionals early in their careers, and understanding the positive impact these groups can have on the transportation profession, ITE established a Student to Younger Member (S2YM) Task Force to identify opportunities to enhance support for students and younger members and facilitate this transition.  As part of the Task  Force's initiatives, they have collaborated with ITE’s Women in ITE Committee Force to assist students and young professionals navigating the beginning stages of careers in transportation.  Our District Rising Stars and 2021 Young Leaders to Follow were interviewed on a variety of topics ...
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This year marks a significant milestone in ITE’s history, as the organization will be led for the first time by an all-female Executive Committee—myself as International President, International Vice President Rosana Correa, and Immediate Past President Alyssa Rodriguez. ITE is committed to advancing the role of women within its leadership ranks and has joined the MobilityXX Pledge, a campaign to increase the number of women in the transportation industry by 10 percent over the next 10 years. Led by ITS America , The Ray , and WTS International , the pledge asks public and private sector organizations to commit to this goal by completing two or more action ...
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Happy New Year to the ITE Family! As we start afresh having turned the calendar page, I have high hopes that this year will be one filled with new initiatives and opportunities to promote our vision as the organization of choice for transportation professionals. That vision, I believe, starts with each of us. Think back to what motivated you to become a member of ITE. Was it the excitement of being in college and the camaraderie of the student chapter? Was it the desire to learn more about the profession? Was it a colleague who invited you to a meeting? Was it the networking opportunities? Job prospects? Technical resources? All of these? For someone in our organization, ...
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Last year, I wrote my December Executive Director’s message in anticipation of a return to normal, or at least a “new normal” in 2021. Well, we didn’t quite get there, did we? While we have seen a lot of improvement from 2020 with the advent of the COVID-19 vaccine, the rise of the Delta variant threw cold water on some of our plans. And yet, we thrived. Our experiences in 2020 of quickly adapting to a virtual world served us well in 2021. We now have the tools, training, and experience to successfully create and deliver a program of services that includes both in-person and virtual opportunities. This blend allows us to reach more members and enhance our member ...
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It is difficult to believe a year has passed, and this is my last message as your ITE International President. Time has no meaning during the COVID pandemic. March 2020 was simultaneously yesterday and a million years ago. Though this term isn’t exactly what I expected, I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve. I hope that I’ve had the opportunity to interact with each and every one of you, either through a virtual presentation or through an in-person speech. Similarly, I’m grateful for the view into the inner workings of ITE. We are all fortunate to have a talented staff who not only contribute excellent technical content, but also keep all the cats herded. ...
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This address probably doesn’t mean much to most of you, unless you are a former Traffic Bowl participant. Then you probably know the correct answer to this Traffic Bowl clue: “What is the address of ITE Headquarters?” Since 2011, ITE Headquarters has been in the Army-Navy building in downtown Washington, DC, USA, just north of the White House. This is the home base for our 25 staff, where the ITE International Board of Direction often meets and where we collaborate with our many association partners. Each year during the Annual TRB Annual Meeting, our offices bustle with activity as the Board, Council Leadership Team, LeadershipITE, and many technical councils ...
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The pandemic paused many smart city and smart community programs, and recent restarts have a new focus—delivering on resident services, experience, inclusion, and equity. Early efforts in smart communities were solution driven: a sensor was installed in search of a problem to solve, or data were collected in anticipation of organically generating new insights. However, technology only helps if it measures what is important and prompts action. The action only creates efficiencies if it can be automated and prevent tedious repetition. Once the tedium is removed, there is more room for innovation. The pandemic reset allows time to focus on the promise of a smart ...
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Bicycle commuting should be part of my week, but I have yet to commit. Currently, my primary excuse is trail bridge construction. Once it is finished, however, it will be an exceptional improvement. That particular crossing traverses a six-lane arterial at-grade and creates significant delay. Several attractive route alternatives exist, particularly once I cross into the Henderson, NV, USA jurisdiction. On the other hand, it is hot. In general, my trips to the grocery store also involve a car despite the fact that the store is less than a mile away, and many of my trips retrieve only a few items. I live in a rural preservation area, so there are no sidewalks, ...
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Throughout its history, ITE has been known for the technical knowledge we bring to the profession. This knowledge sharing takes many different forms—from conferences and meetings to technical reports and publications. Recognizing that different people consume knowledge in different ways, we have diversified our offerings so something is available for everyone. In addition to our traditional Annual Meeting, we have added a virtual spring Technical Conference. Moving beyond our robust webinar program we have added blended-learning certificate programs and unstructured drop-in sessions. In addition to the monthly ITE Journal we have our biweekly Spotlite and ...
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Hiring the wrong employees can be very detrimental, particularly if the employee is in a leadership position. A poor hiring decision means that company resources are spent inefficiently and this can be particularly devastating for a small business.  Some of the costs are easy to calculate, whilst others are not as obvious. Paying a salary to someone who does not perform up to expectations is an obvious cost but the cost in other areas such as productivity and employee morale is indirect and harder to calculate.  Effect on employee morale A poor hire can have a bad effect on employee morale. Employees could lose faith in a company for placing someone ...
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