The Portland State University Student ITE Chapter is very active attending conferences, hosting career informational sessions with local transportation consulting firms and agencies, attending transportation related tours, and organizing social events for their members.
In January 2009, the PSU ITE Student Chapter previewed the Westside Express Service (WES) prior to the official opening. The group of students and faculty rode the commuter rail the entire roundtrip stretching from the Beaverton Transit Center to Wilsonville.
In November 2008,
PSU students participated in the Sixth Annual Region X Student Conference in Seattle. Region X is a showcase for transportation research and education in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. PSU students presented a total of 3 presentations and 12 posters. By popular vote of fellow students, Meead Saberi won best presentation. Huan Li, Chengyu Dai, Rolando Melgoza and Nathan McNeil received best poster awards.
In November 2008, PSU students received a data collection grant from ITE District 6. Leah Tomlinson was the principal author of the successful proposal. Students will be collecting data at a Portland IKEA store, under the guidance of PSU alum Matt Dorado.
PSU students participated in the social event of the year for the ITE Oregon Section – the 17th Annual Traffic Bowl. After a bold struggle, the Vikings of PSU settled for 3rd place and won a $200 prize.
In August 2008, PSU students attended the 2008 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Anaheim, California, and went on a special tour of the toll lanes on California State Route 91. Dr. Christopher Monsere presented in the Professional Education and Training session. The students thank SALP and OTREC for their funding support and are looking forward to the upcoming ITE Annual Meeting in Denver in 2009. Learn more about ITE events and the Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP) at Portland State University at this web site:
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