Student Chapter Spotlight: Montana State

Whether it is some of the world’s best fly fishing rivers, the snowy blizzards in May, or Montana State’s student ITE chapter that brings you to Bozeman, Montana, we are glad to call it our home.

The Montana State University ITE student chapter (MSU-ITE) hosted several technical presentations and socials throughout this past year.  In October, The Transpo Group along with Sanderson Stewart hosted a student social to meet the student members.  Also in October, Dr. Grant Schutz from Brigham-Young University presented on his experiences as a professional transportation engineer.  In November, MSU-ITE joined forces with MSU’s chapter of ASCE to bring in Mr. Steve Moore.  Mr. Moore is a private consultant who spoke about the collapse and reconstruction of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  In March, MSU-ITE was proud to welcome WesternITE President Monica Suter to MSU to discuss the public-relation challenges she encounters in her job.

The chapter has been involved in numerous activities during the year including: fundraising, promotion of transportation engineering, and public service activities.  In the fall, MSU-ITE was awarded a 2009 WesternITE Data Collection Grant for the proposal “Trip and Parking Generation: Study of Small Office Buildings.”  Every year, MSU-ITE hosts a golf fundraiser event held in conjunction with the Intermountain ITE Section Meeting in Jackson, Wyoming.  This past year the chapter had another successful turnout with about 20 golfers.  Over the past few years, the chapter has established an endowment fund that provides funding for activities and travel to conferences.  MSU-ITE would like to thank all who have donated to the endowment fund.

MSU-ITE officers and members presented Chapter activities to professionals at the Spring Engineering Festival held in Bozeman, Montana, the Montana chapter of ITE, MSU Civil Engineering Advisory Board, MJ Murdoch Charitable Trust Organization, and the Joint Engineering Conference in Helena, Montana.  The chapter also hosted a side event at the ASCE Northwest Regional Competition in Helena, Montana.  ASCE students from 10 different schools participated in the crash test attenuator competition that challenged the students’ designs through multiple impacts.  The student chapter has adopted a two-mile section on US 191 (connecting Bozeman to Yellowstone Park) and commits to picking up the roadside litter a couple times per year.

MSU-ITE students attend ITE conferences at the state, section, district, and national levels.  In May 2008, the chapter sent several students to Jackson, Wyoming to attend the Intermountain section meeting.  Students were able to attend technical presentations and the student specific sessions.  In addition to technical presentations, MSU-ITE students networked through social activities at local restaurants with young professionals and ITE officers.  In August 2008, MSU-ITE was able to send five students along with both academic advisors to the Annual ITE Meeting in Anaheim, California.  The students competed in the James H. Kell Student Competition.  MSU-ITE had several students represented on the top awarded teams in the competition. In addition to the several technical session presentations, the students were able to attend the vendor showcase, a student social at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney, WesternITE business meeting lunches, and the WesternITE Traffic Bowl.  In general, the Annual ITE Meeting was a great opportunity for the MSU-ITE students to sit in on professional presentations and network with numerous professionals in the transportation industry. After recently attending the 49th annual Intermountain Conference (2009) with seven students MSU-ITE is excited for the upcoming ITE conferences this summer.

More information about the MSU-ITE student chapter and upcoming events can be found on the chapter’s website:  http://www.coe.montana.edu/ce/ite/default.html.

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