OSU ITE Student Chapter - Institute of Transportation Engineers
About the OSU ITE Student Chapter
The Oregon State University (OSU) Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter was chartered in 1984. After a period of dormancy, the chapter became reinvigorated in 2007 and has been scaling up its activity ever since. Since its founding, the OSU ITE Student Chapter has bridged the gap between academia and industry for aspiring transportation engineers through:
- Professional development and networking opportunities
- Research opportunities and development of research skills
- Transportation Engineering related community service
- Increasing visibility of Transportation Engineering within College of Engineering
- Real-world applications for skills learned in classroom
The chapter of over 50 students has been growing in both size and reputation, and was recently selected as the host of the 2018 Annual Student Leadership Summit out of 40 student chapters in the Western District. Approximately 125 students from 25 student chapters attended the meeting in Corvallis, OR in January of 2018. Additionally, the ITE Western District awarded the 2018 Western District Student Chapter of the Year, Advisor of the Year, and Graduate Student of the Year to the OSU ITE Student Chapter. The chapter can attribute this success to a culture that attracts and promotes highly motivated, dedicated, and involved students.
The OSU ITE Student Chapter is also heavily involved in regional and national competitions, such as the ITE Traffic Control Devices Challenge and ITE Traffic Bowl Competition. In 2018, the OSU ITE Traffic Bowl Team placed 1st in Oregon and 2nd in the Western District. The TCD team placed 2nd nationally among 24 competing teams.
How the Funds Will Support Us
Funds will allow the OSU ITE Student Chapter to maintain and grow its activities. These activities allow students to interact with the Transportation Engineering community in new ways, producing better-informed students who are motivated to develop skills that are of value to the career field. Major expenses to the student chapter that funds will support include, but are not limited to:
- Student travel and registration to ITE conferences and competitions
- Amenities for promotion of industry speaker meetings among students (e.g. food)
- Support for community service projects, such as Adopt-a-Highway (e.g. travel, PPE)