JUNE 2020 MOUNTAIN DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
A shout to make yourself known over a long distance, especially used in the mountains – AKA The International Director’s Report
Virtual Board Meeting, July 14, 15 and 23, 2020
By Karen Aspelin
The ITE International Board of Direction (IBOD) met virtually on July 14, 15, and 23, 2020. Below is a summary of these meetings.
Executive Director Jeff Paniati reported that financially, ITE is doing fine. Although there are a few areas with a drop off in revenue, some expenses are reduced as well. Jeff also noted that ITE’s Virtual Drop Ins have been very popular, but will be put on hold in August due to the virtual annual meeting activities.
Shawn Leight summarized ITE’s proposed 2021-2023 Strategic Plan which was then approved by the IBOD.
The virtual 2020 annual meeting will have more than 30 technical sessions, eight workshops, three plenaries, poster presentations, and socials and other events that you would see at an Annual Meeting. There will be 25 Council and Committee Meetings the week of August 17, which are open to the entire membership.
The 2021 International annual meeting will be held in Portland with the Western and Mountain districts. For 2022 ITE has recommitted to New Orleans, and 2023 we are committed in Philadelphia, although we have not signed any contracts for that. ITE is considering a Mountain District location for the 2024 annual meeting. The Colorado-Wyoming Section leadership has presented a letter of interest to host the meeting in Denver in 2025. They will be asked if they would still be interested if the year were 2024. The 2025 meeting would likely be in Orlando.
The Leadership ITE program for 2021 will be virtual. Districts are being asked to consider providing financial backing to one of their upcoming leaders.
Jeff Lindley reviewed the new Procurement Guide, which was updated by the Industry Council and will be published by the end of July. There was strong response to a member survey on decorative crosswalks, which will be used in an informational report that will be developed by a Ped-Bike Standing Committee working group.
The recommended practice for Signal Change and Clearance Intervals was released in March. There will be an article in the September ITE Journal that talks about some of the technical concerns. A pooled fund study on the research identified by ITE on this subject has been created, with seed funding provided by FHWA.
ITE recently advertised its new TIA Certificate Program Training: eight, one-hour sessions over seven weeks from September to November. The cost is $500 for members and $750 for non-members.
The IBOD authorized ITE staff to publish for a 30-day ITE member comment period on the proposed new statements to ITE Policy, as recommended and presented by the Policy Committee in its report to the Board dated June 24, 2020.
The technical councils have been using a new metrics dashboard in 2020 and Jeff Paniati noted that there has been significantly higher productivity from the councils this year. The IBOD voted to accept proposed changes to the IBOD Procedures for the Coordinating Council operations
Colleen Agan noted that we have observed a drop in student membership due to the COVID situation in March. We would like to do a student membership drive in the fall, and the Traffic Bowl committee is looking to have an activity in the fall. Again due to COVID, we anticipate some challenges retaining members, particularly agencies, in 2021.
Several members of the IBOD mentioned that their copies of the ITE Journal are stacking up at their office because they are working from home. Members should be aware that they can opt out of receiving a paper copy of the ITE Journal.
The IBOD approved the charters and bylaws of 65 of the 69 Sections, including all of the existing and new Mountain District Sections. The four sections with non-conforming bylaws and/or charters will be worked out individually. The Board then entertained a motion to welcome and accept our new ITE Sections, including these four from our Mountain District: Idaho Section, Montana Section, Nevada Section, and Utah Section.
Due to a number of circumstances, we will not be naming a new Diversity Scholar this year.
The Reauthorization Task Force has developed with the Advocacy Committee a draft side-by-side analysis.
The fall 2020 and January 2021 IBOD meetings will be virtual. It was recently announced that TRB’s January 2021 meeting will be virtual.
A one-day virtual Student Leadership Summit run by students with student chapters from all Districts is being proposed for spring 2021. Ideally, a student chapter from each District would run a session.
The Traffic Bowl Committee has been trying to get the equipment for all Districts refreshed and uniform. Econolite graciously agreed to provide about $10,000 of the $15,000 needed. Each District was asked to provide $500 to cover the remainder of the cost for this new equipment.
- Aug 6 - NMITE Monthly Meeting
- Aug 13 - AZITE Young Professionals - Politics & Lobbying In The Engineering Industry (Virtual Happy Hour Ft. Justan Rice)
- Aug 26 - AZTE Luncheon - Alternative Interchange/Intersection Designs - CFIs
- Sept 10 - AZITE YP Committee - Joint Virtual Happy Hour With YPT Ft. John Kissinger
- Sept 24 - AZITE - Annual Business Meeting (Budget, Officer Induction, Awards And District & International Updates)
See additional details for these events HERE.
Utah is a landscape of contradiction. High mountain peaks, red rock country desert and a beautiful, urban capitol city. With Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) rising every year, tourists from all over the world and a challenging winter landscape, transportation engineers who live and work in Utah have unique chanllenges every day. We have the best snow on earth in Utah but skiing on fresh powder is way more fun than driving in it.
The ITE Utah Section boasts a membership of nearly 200 members with diverse backgrounds including UDOT, UTA, MPOs, municipal engineers and private sector professionals. Membership includes traffic engineers, designers, signal technicians, GIS specialists, planners, project managers, public involvement, and much more.
ITE Utah Section also encourages membership and attendance of the three student chapters located in Utah: Brigham Young University (Provo), University of Utah (Salt Lake City), and Utah State University (Logan). ITE Utah Chapter covers the cost of lunch for students at its monthly meetings, provides discounted admission to the annual seminar, and provides scholarship opportunities including a paper contest, and holds several ITE events that you can take part in. Many current members of ITE began participating with the chapter as student members.
Utah Section Leadership includes:
President: Brent Turley, The TranspoGroup
Vice President: Peter Jager, UDOT
Secretary: Vijay Kornala, J-U-B Engineers
Treasurer: Lisa Miller, UDOT
Annual Meeting: Chris Bender (Fehr and Peers), Natalia Brown (Fehr and Peers), Eric Sweat (Kimley Horn), Mike Wright (Pinetop Engineering), Greg Sanchez (Avenue Consultants)
Student Outreach: David Bassett (Avenue Consultants), Kelly Ash (Horrocks Engineers), Joe Perrin (Atrans), Austin Feula (RSG)
Communications: Bill Hereth (Wasatch Front Regional Council)
Our mission is to be the principal source of professional expertise, knowledge and ideas promoting transportation science and principles throughout the State of Utah. ITE Utah Section promotes professional development of its members, supports and encourages education, and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information.
ITE Utah Section is excited to be a part of the Mountain District ITE. We’re stronger together and look forward to embracing student involvement, assisting with the annual meeting and joint events to provide even more value to all members of ITE.
Figure 1: Cayla Naylor, 2020 Fresh Face of Engineering Award Reciepient
Figure 2: Utah Section ITE Lunch Meeting
Figure 3: 2020 Utah Section ITE Annual Meeting
Figure 4: VR Headset Booth at the 2020 Utah Section ITE Annual Meeting
Student and Younger Member Awards
This year the Mountain District Student and Younger Member Committee wanted to ensure there were ample opportunities for participation and recognition for our Student Chapters and Younger Members. One of our primary goals this year was to offer the same opportunities as students had last year while transitioning from the Western District to the Mountain District. The programs and awards we provided this year included the Mountain District Student Data Collection Project, international student and younger member awards, and local District student awards. In addition, all of our award winners were submitted to ITE Head Quarters for consideration for International Awards. We are thrilled to announce our participants and winners for 2020.
Student Data Collection Project RFP Winners: Northern Arizona University, Brigham Young University, Montana State University and University of New Mexico
Student Chapter Award: University of Colorado Denver
Student Momentum Award: Montana State University
Student Paper Award: Nicholas Coppola, University of Colorado, Denver
Outstanding Undergraduate Award: Logan Bennett, Brigham Young University
Outstanding Graduate Award: Camille Lunt, Brigham Young University
Outstanding Educator Award: Yingyan Lou, Arizona State University and Grant Schultz, Brigham Young University
Student Traffic Bowl Winners: Brigham Young University
Young Member Rising Star Award: Lisa Nguyen, WSP, CO/WY Section
In addition, ITE International has decided to host an International Virtual Traffic Bowl in which our very own BYU will be representing our District!
"I wanted to send a quick email to extend my gratitude and let everyone know that I have received the ITE Mountain District Best Student Paper award in the mail. This is without a doubt one of the best awards – I love the road sign. I will hang this on my wall for motivation as I continue through my PhD and it will be with me in my future endeavors without a doubt." - Nicholas Coppola
Moving forward, we will be rolling out and implementing addition programs and opportunities for our students and young members. Our District awards will be rebranded to be unique to the Mountain District and we will continue to look for opportunities to encourage our students to become professional members upon graduation. We are also excited to announce our first ever Mountain District Student Leadership Summit which will be hosted by Montana State University. For more information including sponsorship opportunities, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ite-mountain-district-student-leadership-summit-2021-tickets-96081066055
Our eNewsletter sponsor for August is SIDRA SOLUTIONS!
Whether you post a job listing, an entry in the products and services directory, become a District Sponsor or a Founding District Sponsor, know that your financial support goes directly into funding the important initiatives of the Mountain District.
These initiatives include a strong scholarship and award component to support the growth of our student population and encourage the next generation to join our Community of Transportation Professionals. Initiatives are also in place to support the growth and development of our young professionals and providing additional outreach opportunities to both our public and private partners, highlighting the work they are doing to better serve the traveling public. The Mountain District will be working in close partnership with our Sections and Chapters to support their activities at the local level and highlight the accomplishments of our transportation community.
More information on the scholarships, awards and other programs are available on the Mountain ITE website on the https://mountainite.org/sponsors page for more information or contact the Advertising Chair.