Technical activities offer our members the opportunity to gain knowledge on various transportation related topics. Our members are encouraged to seek out industry professionals to educate the student chapter with a guest lecture or technical tour of their facility. We also provide a large number of webinars through the many professional organizations that our members are associated with.
Our Student Chapter members are heavily involved with professional events and meetings. If you wish to attend a conference contact our president, Abby Scaletta (firstname.lastname@example.org) for possible funding from the student chapter. Here are some of the events that our members have either been to or are looking forward to attending this school year.
- Canadian District Student Leadership Summit, University of Alberta - June 2 to 3, 2018
- Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE), Edmonton - June 3 to 6, 2018
- North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference (NAMTEC), Irvine CA - June 11 to 14, 2018
- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Student Leadership Summit, Minneapolis - August 18 to 19, 2018
- Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Conference, Minneapolis - August 20 to 23, 2018
- International Conference on WIM (ICWIM8), Prague - May 19-23, 2019
- Canadian District Student Leadership Summit, Carleton University - June 1 to 2, 2019
- Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE), Ottawa - June 2 to 5, 2018
Traffic Bowl Team at CITE 2018
CITE Conference 2018 - Edmonton, AB
The Student Chapter sent six students to CITE this year. The chapter's hard work this past year was recognized as we were awarded the Student Chapter of the Year Award for 2018. The various technical sessions and evening events provided our students with many opportunities to learn and network with professionals and students. The traffic bowl team showed off their hometown pride during the Traffic Bowl Competition and went home with the cup (unfortunately not the Stanley.. Go Jets Go!).
- CITE Student Chapter of the Year Award
- Canadian District Traffic Bowl Champions
- Abby Scaletta (our President), won the John Vardon Scholarship
ITE Conference 2018 - Minneapolis, MN
A group of five students from the Student Chapter attended the International ITE Annual Conference in Minneapolis this year. The Traffic Bowl team put up a good fight amongst the other universities but did not take home the international award this year. Congratulations to the University of South Florida on their win!! Some highlights from the conference include the awards lunch ceremony and a tour of the US Bank Stadium!
The Student Leadership Summit preceding the conference was a great experience. Students spent time making connections with students from other universities and learning valuable skills. A bike tour of downtown Minneapolis, a tour of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, and an afternoon crash course on VISSIM software were some of the favourites!
- ITE Student Chapter of the Year Award
Student Chapter members accepting the Student Chapter Award with fellow Canadian District Award Winers at ITE in 2018
Five Chapter members travelled to New York City in 2019 to learn more about their vast transportation system! Over the four-day reading week trip, we squeezed in as much of the city as we could, and were extremely lucky to have five amazing tours. A great big thank you goes out to Marvin Sousa from the ITE Met Section, who went above and beyond by helping our group arrange the majority of the tours! Our group experienced a guided bike tour over the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn, a tour of the construction taking place at the LaGuardia Airport, a visit to the NYC DOT's Traffic Management Centre, a tour of one of PANYNJ's marine ports in Brooklyn, and a presentation from the NYC DOT Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs on the Vision Zero initiatives being implements throughout the city.
We were also fortunate to have time to explore a bit of the Big Apple during our trip! We walked through Central Park and Times Square, visited many museums, ate lots of pizza, became experts of the NYC Subway system, made a trip to the Statue of Liberty, and experienced a birds eye view of the city from the Top of the Rock Observatory.
For our 2018 technical trip six Student Chapter members spent their reading week break in Colombia! Over the 9-day long trip, we visited the cities of Bogota and Cartagena. In Bogota, we had a tour of ciclovia and an awesome 5-hour bike tour of the city! Although we were unable to coordinate a tour of Transmillenio in Bogota, we had several opportunities to ride the new BRT system. In Cartagena we had a tour of the largest container port in Colombia (4th largest in Latin America). In addition to our tours, we experienced many other forms of transportation throughout our trip including a boat ride to a small island near Cartagena where we had a chance to snorkel and a cable car ride down from Mount Monserrate in Bogota after we climbed the 600m tall mountain! It was a successful trip in teaching the students about transportation systems in other cities.
On Thursday, March 8th, 2018 the Student Chapter visited Winnipeg's new Traffic Management Centre for a tour of the facilities and to learn about traffic operations in Winnipeg. We had a similar tour last year but due to new membership in the chapter we decided to go back again this year! Thank you to Ryan Patrick for giving us the presentation and tour!
Technical Workshop - Planning for Public Transportation
On Wednesday, April 12th, we held a technical workshop for industry and students on Planning for Public Transportation. It was a successful event and thank you to Bjorn Radstrom from Winnipeg Transit and Bob Hastings from Trimet (Portland, Oregon) for presenting.
On Thursday March 28th, Chris Baker from the City of Winnipeg presented to our group on the various active transportation initiatives and projects occurring throughout our city.
On Wednesday March 20th, Lea Cote from the Green Action Centre and Peter Obendoerfer from the Seven Oaks School Division shared some details on the Bike Education and Skills Training (BEST) pilot program at Winnipeg elementary schools.
On Monday March 4th, Erica Vido from Manitoba Infrastructure gave a presentation on the Province's safety strategy for Winnipeg's south perimeter highway.
On Friday February 8th, Bruce Wilton from WSP and Don McRichie from Manitoba Infrastructure taught us about the P3 construction project for the new interchange at PTH 59 and PTH 101.
On Friday November 30th, Keenan Patmore from Manitoba Infrastructure spoke to our group about the road safety initiatives that are occurring within our province.
On Thursday November 8th, Jeannette Montufar, our student chapter advisor shared some tips and tricks with us during a discussion on professional and leadership skills.
On Monday October 15th, David Wiebe from Dillon Consulting presented to our chapter on the study Dillon completed to assess the impacts associated with opening the iconic Winnipeg intersection of Portage & Main to pedestrians.
On February 16 2017 CITE president, Jen Malzer presented to the Student Chapter and to industry about CITE and the City of Calgary Pedestrian Strategy. The event was the first joint luncheon between the UofM Student Chapter and the ITE MB Section.
Lea Cote and Peter Obendoerfer Luncheon (above)
David Wiebe Luncheon (above)
Jen Malzer Luncheon (above)