Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Student Chapters @ STRIDE-affiliated Universities - Fall 2016

Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech’s (GT) WTS student chapter began the semester with a joint welcoming orientation

 that included the participation of the ITE and American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) student chapters. In September, they hosted their scholarship panel discussion and invited five  Georgia Tech transportation students to share their experiences with completing scholarship applications.

The GT WTS student chapter also held two professionally themed events in the fall, which included a transportation career fair and a panel discussion. Six companies attended the transportation career fair  for the purpose of recruiting transportation graduates. Students were able to attend a luncheon with each company to discuss the corporate culture and experience. The professional panel discussion was titled “Safe Travels – Ensuring Safety for All Modes in Atlanta,” with five panelists from the Georgia Department of Transportation, the City of Atlanta and Atlanta Regional Commission. The panelists discussed previous, on-going and future transportation projects and how transportation planning can help maintain the multimodal safety of transportation system in Atlanta.

The GT WTS student chapter also hosted an interactive mentoring program called Transportation YOU. This recurring monthly event provides 

high school girls with exposure to

 various transportation careers. Students often collaborate with the WTS Atlanta professional chapter to volunteer at Grady high school where they share their knowledge, interests and experiences through hands-on activities.

University of Florida

The UF WTS chapter participated in the UF Sustainable Transportation Fair and hosted their 6th Annual Transportation Symposium in October.  The annual WTS Transportation Symposium was held at the J. Wayne Reitz Student Union and included five professional panelists. The purpose of the event was to address the topic of the Old Florida Heritage highway and to make the community aware of its importance as a state designated scenic highway.  Another highlight of the fall semester was the creation of a mentorship program, spearheaded by Eleftheria (Ria) Kontou, who is the chapter’s vice president and who graduated this fall with her Ph.D.  The mentorship program is a collaboration with the WTS Central Florida chapter located in Orlando, Fla., which pairs up the student chapter’s executive board members of with professionals in the field.