International Director’s Report

International Board of ITE meets in Washington, DC


By Karen Aspelin, P.E., P.T.O.E., International Director from the Western District

The International Board of Direction (IBOD) of ITE met on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at ITE Headquarters in Washington, DC for the first of its four board meetings for the year.  The following are highlights from this meeting.

A new “Working Group” will be set up this year under the umbrella of OneITE. This group will be developing a list of best practices for use at the District, Section, and Chapter level.

ITE’s Executive Director Jeff Paniati reported that financially ITE finished 2018 in the black and was able to transfer money to our reserves account.  “Mobility as a Service” is one of ITE’s new initiatives this year, and OneITE will continue to be an initiative in 2019.

Past International President Ken Voigt announced that ITE’s new Diversity Scholars Program scholarship application is available on ITE’s website.  The scholarship is being funded through ITE International’s Legacy Fund. Applications for low-income students starting their first year of college in the fall of 2019 are due on March 31. One $4,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to an eligible graduating high school senior committed to pursuing a career in transportation engineering or planning or closely related field.

Randy McCourt reported on the new Rocky Mountain District sub-task force, which has held two conference calls. A third conference call and an in-person meeting in Denver are planned for the coming weeks. The IBOD passed a motion directing the Western District to proceed with its operation, including this year’s election, assuming a new Rocky Mountain District will be composed of the Intermountain Section Chapters, the Colorado-Wyoming Section, the Arizona Section, and the New Mexico Section.  Specifics of all of the OneITE changes are being reported in the ITE Spotlite newsletter.

International has nearly completed its compilation of names of Section Affiliates.  Examination of these affiliates has revealed that about two-thirds are employed in the private sector.

ITE’s new Matson-Hammond mentoring program has had a great turnout of professional mentors and is now looking for additional student and young professional proteges (“mentees”). More information on this program is here.

In 2019 ITE is launching a new campaign called “ITE Makes a Difference,” which will highlight K-12 STEM outreach by our members throughout the year. If you participate in a STEM event, be sure to document how many students participated – these numbers will factor in to a year-long STEM challenge. More information to come soon.

Technical products coming soon from ITE include a speed management website, a revised recommended practice for signal change and clearance intervals, and products related to Vision Zero and connected/automated vehicles. The Fifth Edition of the Parking Generation Manual is available for pre-order now.

ITE’s Coordinating Council is under the new leadership of Jason Crawford, chair, and Eric Rensel, vice chair. Each technical council has been charged with completing at least one product annually.  Jason Degray provided an overview of ITE’s Advocacy Committee, including the objectives for 2019. This year, the Advocacy Committee will be promoting and educating our members about advocacy by conducting educational presentations at the various District Annual Meetings.

Abbas Mohaddes of the Western District was appointed as the chair of ITE’s new Industry Council and will be serving as an ex-officio member of the IBOD.  The Industry Council will have a $2,500 annual membership fee which will include two individual ITE memberships.

Examinees who took the first Road Safety Professional (Level 1) certification exam in October 2018 have been notified of their results.  The Transportation Professional Certification Board announced that it will administer the first Level 2 certification exam for Road Safety Professionals in late 2019.

The next IBOD meeting will be held May 7-8 in New Haven, Connecticut, in conjunction with the Northeastern District’s annual meeting.