• President’s Message

    It’s with mixed feelings I am writing my final E-News President’s Message.  I’d be lying if I said it won’t be nice to have one less thing on my to-do list, but it’s also been a wonderful year and it’s sad to see it come to an end.

Earlier Posts

  • President’s Message: Looking Good!

    The Western District is proud to formally debut its new logo, in color! The logo, designed by staff from Atkins, will be incorporated into all future communication from the Western District. The three colors suggest the District’s geography – starting on the left with the blue of the Pacific Ocean, next to our area’s more >
  • President’s Message: There Are No Brakes on the Happenin’ Train!

    It’s an exciting time of year for the Western District.  Candidates have recently been announced for the officer and international director positions, and their statements are presented below.  As of right now, there are only 123 days, 21 hours, and 44 minutes until the joint Western-Midwestern Districts’ Annual Meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota.  more >
  • President’s Message: Ralph Waldo Emerson Was Right On

    Over 20 years ago, 17 of my classmates and I piled into an 18-passenger van and drove over 1,400 miles from College Station, Texas, to Washington, DC, to attend the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting.  It was a pilgrimage that the transportation engineering students there still do today. We were excited to meet more >
  • President’s Message: The IALAC Tag

    One of the perks of being the District president is that each month I get to write a short message that will be sent to thousands of fellow transportation professionals. And while I can’t force anyone to read it, it’s still a nice little platform that I have to put to good use. Theoretically more >
  • President’s Message: Getting on the Technology Bandwagon

    I can whistle, sing, and hum. And after attending the International ITE meeting in Boston, I can now “tweet.” I’m a “Gen-Xer,” the minority group between the generation who still handwrites letters and the generation who asks, “Do you have your phone?” when they want to know what time it is. I will admit more >
  • President’s Message: Restoring the Reputation of the Flashing Yellow Arrow

    Atlantic Cities issued an online article with the headline “Flashing Yellow Turn Signal: Good for Drivers, Bad for Pedestrians”. It cites a study by Oregon State/Portland State University researchers where test drivers in a simulator were found to concentrate so much on oncoming vehicles during a flashing yellow arrow display that many neglected to notice more >
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