FEBRUARY 2020 MOUNTAIN DISTRICT NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the Mountain District monthly newsletter. Through this newsletter, we’ll share important news, updates, and goings-on throughout the Mountain District. Expect to see your Section highlighted throughout the year, to hear from a District sponsor, and read updates from our Student Chapters.
The Mountain District and our website (mountainite.org) is up and running, with Section Representatives and committees hard at work to provide our District members with quality services, including Communications, Awards, Students and Young Professionals, Advertising, and an Annual Meeting. If you are interested in serving on a District committee, please raise your hand and reach out to any of our committee chairs: https://mountainite.org/Mountain_District_Committees.
District initiatives will also be shares through this newsletter, such as this first exciting initiative to help our students attend the 2020 Annual Meeting. Supporting the next generation of transportation professionals is one of the most necessary and rewarding facets of ITE. Student Chapter involvement allows districts to grow and pass on critical experience and knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow. Like myself, and many other now successful members, ITE Mentors have helped guide and influence our careers in ways we wouldn’t have received outside of ITE. Now, it’s our turn to pay it forward!
Please join me in supporting our Mountain District Student Traffic Bowl Teams get to the 2020 Annual Meeting in Honolulu.
The District, along with the support of the Section Representatives, is seeking to raise funds for our student initiatives through Mountain District lapel pin and sticker donations. These pins and stickers have been distributed to each section and are being offered at your section meetings. With a donation of $5 (pin) or $1 (sticker), or more, you will help support our students and represent our new Mountain District!
Following your gift, please take the opportunity to share your Mountain District pride!
- Paul Barricklow, PE, PTOE - Mountain District President
- February 11 - Idaho February Luncheon LINK HERE
- February 13 - AZITE YP Happy Hour LINK HERE
- February 26 - 2020 Arizona ITE/IMSA Annual Spring Conference LINK HERE
See additional details for these events HERE.
Arizona experiences on almost 300 sunny days a year and draws a vast demographic of residents coming to the state to escape harsh winters, experience golf year around, and for the numerous special events in the area. Because of this, traffic patterns are continuously changing!
The AZ Section has about 500 members working in all aspects of transportation. Our section is led by the following individuals that have dedicated their time to the organization.
This year, the Section launched two new committees in an effort to encage more participation from our members. Both were created based on the outcome of our Annual Survey.
The Service and Outreach Committee lead by Brandon Forrey, City of Peoria was created to help our membership give back to our community and also allow members to socialize outside of a professional environment.
The Young Professionals Committee lead by Shannon Ness, Kimley-Horn Associates was created to help engage a different age demographic that we have had difficulties with before.
Young Professionals Committee - December 2019 Meet and Greet Event
ITE/ITS Joint Service and Outreach Event
Each year our section hosts about 7 monthly luncheons and 3 Breakfast Summer Meetings typically at different public agency facilities to help lower costs where Section activity is recapped and upcoming events are announced. At these meetings, we also have a guest presenter discussing transportation related topics that influence our industry.
2019 Monthly Luncheon Meeting
2019 Breakfast Meeting
In addition to our reoccurring monthly meetings, we host an Annual Holiday Party jointly with ITSAZ where our section is able to interact on a more casual environment. This year’s was a Murder Mystery Theme.
2019 Annual AZITE/ITS Arizona Holiday Party
To help with professional development, the Arizona Section co-leads the Arizona ITE- IMSA Annual Spring Conference. The conference is overseen by the Conference Committee and Program Committee. Attendance continues to grow with about 500+ attendees.
Our Section is very excited to part of the new Mountain District and hopes to be engaged during the establishment of it!
Student Chapter Spotlight
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH STUDENT CHAPTER
- Visual Analytics of Massive Mobility Data and Their Derivatives-Yinhu Wang, Seth Miller
- Snowplow Truck Performance Assessment and Feature Importance Analysis using Machine Learning Techniques-Zhiyan Yi
- Seismic Retrofit of Deficient Reinforced Concrete Bridge Wall Piers using Carbon Fiber Composite Systems-Vanessa McEntee
- Examining Driver Injury Severity in Left-turn Crashes using Hierarchical Ordered Prohibit Model-Zhao Zhang
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT CHAPTER
With the establishment of our new Mountain District, we have a new brand, a new face, a refreshed passion, and a new horizon! We also have a Student Endowment Fund that we are looking to bolster through donations. So make sure to purchase your Mountain swag from your local state ITE Section Presidents or HERE in the form of a Pin or a Sticker, or both! Then......take a picture with your swag in cool places throughout OUR district and submit them to [email protected]! Your enthusiasm for our new District will be the reason it flourishes! So show us your pictures!
Call for Abstracts
The ITE 2020 Joint Western and Mountain Districts Annual Meeting will be held June 28-July 1, 2020 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The technical program will include a combination of Technical Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, Poster Sessions, and Technical Tours. We are currently taking submissions for abstracts and papers. Awards will be given for best paper in multiple categories.
Abstracts are due by December 20th, 2019
- ITS Operations Foreman - City of Mesa Transportation Department LINK HERE
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.