The UCF student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has recently received the Student Chapter Momentum Award for the Florida Puerto Rico district of ITE. This award is designed to recognize a student chapter that has experienced the greatest momentum/improvement in the past year.
This year, the UCF student chapter focused on new member recruitment and growing its presence among engineering student organizations. The chapter gained 27 new members, bringing its total to 32 members and representing the largest growth the chapter has on record. Its members are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students in majors related to the transportation field, primarily civil engineering. This growth is particularly notable due to being done entirely online in face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using this momentum, the chapter held hosted several virtual presentations with speakers from both industry and academia. Employees from firms such as Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and Atkins gave talks about how to enter the transportation industry and what it takes to be successful, and researchers presented their cutting-edge work that shows how they are making transportation more reliable and safer.
The UCF student chapter of ITE will move forward as the district submission for the international Student Chapter Momentum Award, which will be presented to the overall winner at the ITE virtual annual meeting in July.
If you are interested in joining the UCF student chapter of ITE, reach out to the chapter president John McCombs at John.McCombs@ucf.edu.