For the first time in 67 years, the Western and Midwestern Districts of the Institute of Transportation Engineers jointly held their annual meetings as the groups met in Rapid City, South Dakota, June 29 – July 2.
This year, OSU sent four students leaders from the campus chapter to the conference; Rachel Vogt (President), Jennifer Warner, (Vice President) Andrea Mathers, (Secretary), and Sarah McCrea (Treasurer). All participated in the annual Western District Student Traffic Bowl competition, a jeopardy style game, as Sarah and Andrea were also invited to participate in the Joint Professional Traffic Bowl. Additionally, there was a student poster competition as Sarah presented a poster on “Information Signage.” One highlight from the trip was the chance to visit Mt. Rushmore and watch the lighting ceremony. Overall, the students learned valuable lessons and skills from the technical session and had a great time meeting and talking with professionals from across the country.
The meeting provided an opportunity for a robust and diverse technical program, vendor exhibit and opportunity to network with transportation professionals. During the four days, participants had to opportunity to attend 13.5 hours of technical sessions and transportation presentations.
For more information about ITE, visit the national organization’s website.