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Florida International University

FIU ITE Executive Board officers at FSITE Annual Meeting During the spring and summer 2013 semesters, FIU ITE Student Chapter successfully organized and participated in a variety of events, including guest speaker events and professional conferences. The chapter hosted 7 distinguished professionals from both the academia and the industry. To mention a few, the list of guest speakers included Mr. Doug McLeod, Planning Manager, Central Office (Tallahassee), Florida Department of Transportation; Mr. Gummada Murthy, Associate Program Director, Operations, AASHTO; Professor Tomáš Zelinka, Deputy to Dean of the Department of Transportation Sciences, Czech Technical University; Mr. Kris Milster, ITS/Traffic Operations Engineer, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Florida Division Office.

In April 2013, the chapter members visited the Turnpike Control Center & SunWatch and the University Transportation Center (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region in Orlando. They participated in technical sessions and took part in the student poster and podium presentation sessions. The chapter also communicated with other ITE chapters in the ITE/WTS meeting during the conference. In June 2013, the group attended the FSITE Summer Meeting in Deerfield Beach.

Of the numerous student organizations at FIU, the ITE student chapter was awarded the Outstanding Organization in the Engineering Community by FIU Council for Student Organizations (CSO) for the academic year 2012-13. The previous chapter president, Xuanwu Chen, won the Outstanding Leadership in the Engineering Community award. In September, the new executive board officers were elected for the chapter (pictured above, left to right: Aidin Massahi, Shahadat Iqbal, Revanth Redla, Nishat Zaman, Junias Aldajuste, Zhaohan Zhang).

During the summer and fall semesters, the team hosted presentations and lab tours for undergraduate students at FIU to provide an overview of Traffic and Transportation Engineering and to help students decide on their majors. The chapter also expanded their library collection with the financial help of FIU CSO, making new titles available to chapter members, including the Highway Capacity Manual, Highway Safety Manual, Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, Transportation Planning Handbook, and the Traffic Engineering Handbook.

Xuanwu Chen (Poster Presentation Competition Participant) with Mr. Edward Kant, FSITE Past President In November, the chapter members attended the FSITE Annual Meeting in Kissimmee, Fla. Mr. Xuanwu Chen (pictured at left, discussing his poster with Mr. Edward Kant, FSITE Past President) presented a poster on 'Analysis and Simulation of Pre-preemption of Strategies on Signalized Intersections near Railroad Grade Crossing'. Mr. Hamidreza Asgari won the Henry P. Boggs Student Paper Award in recognition of his paper entitled 'Prediction of Telecommuting Behavior, Frequency and Engagement'. The students attended all technical sessions and had a wonderful opportunity to interact with the FSITE officers, members of other university ITE student chapters, and various representatives of the transportation industry.

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TEAM Buzz VolunteersGeorgia Institute of Technology

During the fall semester, GaTech ITE members have participated in numerous events. GaTech ITE has been hosting a speaker series on Thursdays, in conjunction with weekly team meetings, to familiarize members with projects in the transportation sector and provide an opportunity to network; recent speakers include professionals from ARCADIS and Kittelson & Associates.

GaTech ITE PicnicTeam members also participated in Team Buzz (above), a community service event with other GaTech student organization, and volunteered at the Chastain Park event Trick-or-Treat Trot and Kids Village, raising money for Easter Seals North Georgia charity. The group hosted a picnic in Piedmont Park (right) in mid-September for current members and alumni. Other events planned for this semester include participation in an intramural sports teams, football tailgates, and an upcoming holiday social.

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University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB students and faculty advisor Dr. Sisiopiku at the 2013 ALSITE-TSITE Fall Meeting in Huntsville, ALOn October 17, 2013 the UAB ITE student chapter traveled to Huntsville, AL for the 2013 ALSITE-TSITE Fall Meeting at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. The students attended a professional development session on ethics, two technical sessions, and took advantage of networking opportunities.

In June, UAB ITE student chapter treasurer, Jamieson Matthews, was awarded the $9,200 Charles E. Alexander Memorial Transportation Engineering Scholarship at the ALSITE 2013 Annual meeting at Gulf Shores, AL. Jamieson is a senior at UAB, and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies and UAB ASCE and ITE student chapters. He has also been an intern with the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham focusing on analysis of traffic records.

The 2013-14 UAB ITE student chapter officers are: Natalia Barbour (President), Jose Hasbun (Vice-President), Sunil Terdalkar (Secretary) and Jamieson Matthews (Treasurer). The UAB ITE Student chapter faculty advisor is Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku and Mr. James Thomas (ATKINS) serves as the UAB ITE Student Chapter liaison with ALSITE.

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University of Florida

UF ITE Chapter Traffic Bowl Team

This summer, the UF student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) won the 2013 International Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship at the ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Boston. Members of the team this year were, Thomas Chase, Miguel Lugo, Ben Reibach, and Don Watson. To qualify for the international competition, the UF students had to compete and win in the District 10 Traffic Bowl during the district’s summer meeting, which was held in Deerfield Beach, Fla. This Jeopardy!-style tournament pitted student teams from the United States and Canada against one another to answer questions about transportation engineering and transportation planning. As their first place prizes, the UF team received a check for $2,000 and have bragging rights until next year’s competition.

The ITE student chapter also helped facilitate a transportation career workshop for high school students to promote interest in engineering and transportation. ITE members volunteered by sitting on a graduate student panel that allowed high school students to ask questions about careers in engineering and transportation. The ITE volunteers also guided the high school students through a simulation activity in which they built a signalized intersection in CORSIM, a microsimulation software. Through this activity, students learned about the various signal intervals, including green, yellow, and all-red time, as well as how to choose a signal phasing and timing that optimized their intersection.


In September, the ITE student chapter hosted a GatorTRAX event on campus with the Florida Chapter of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. GatorTRAX is a program designed to provide K-12 students with opportunities to learn mathematics with hands-on activities for free. During this event, K-12 students built cars out of Lego® building blocks, and raced their cars down a ramp to see whose car could go the fastest. ITE volunteers used this activity to demonstrate fundamental physics concepts such as speed, acceleration, and aerodynamics to the students. A final competition was held at the end of the event to see which student was able to build the fastest car. Volunteers also helped teach the students about transportation planning through the use of a Lego® urban city, which ITE members helped build prior to the event.

On November 7, 2013 at the 2013 Florida Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (FSITE) Annual Meeting Clark Letter, Seckin Ozkul, and Miguel Lugo Ortiz were selected for awards: Clark Letter and Seckin Ozkul placed 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the Student Poster Competition. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place in the Student Poster Competition were $250 and $125, respectively. Miguel Lugo Ortiz was selected to receive the 2013 William R. McGrath Transportation Scholarship. This scholarship was in the amount of $1500.

Dr. Sajjadi

In addition to these outreach programs, the ITE student chapter also hosted a transportation seminar in October, presented by Dr. Soheil Sajjadi from Florida Atlantic University (pictured above). Dr. Sajjadi’s presentation, titled “Advanced Traffic Management Systems: City of Fort Lauderdale Case Study”, provided students with a better understanding of the types of advanced traffic management systems (ATMS) currently being used and developed, as well as how ATMS is being applied in Fort Lauderdale. This seminar was open to the general student body and gave interested students the ability to interact one-on-one with Dr. Sajjadi after the presentation. These types of presentations facilitate the exchange of ideas and allow students to network with experts in the transportation field, an important component of the UF ITE student chapter’s mission.

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