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December 4, 2014 - At the final student chapter meeting of the year, Mike Gordon, Graduate Research Assistant at Auburn University, presented a lecture entitled “Modeling the Effects of Median Selection on Roadway Efficiency”. This presentation, a result of an independent study class provided by Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering, demonstrated simulation modeling and its role in the planning process.


November 13, 2014 - Phillip Cherry, an Engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atlanta, presented “Falcons Stadium Study”. His presentation discussed the transportation challenges, and solutions, confronted during planning of a major sporting facility.


November 6, 2014 - Auburn University and the ITE student chapter welcomed Jim Meads, President and CEO of Sain Associates. Jim received his Bachelor in Civil Engineering in 1983 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham before compiling 30 years of distinguished experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning. He presented a lecture titled “What They Don’t Teach You in Engineering School”. The presentation provided a focus on real world technical challenges and ethical dilemmas facing engineers on a daily basis.


October 9, 2014 - Dr. David Bevly, Albert J. Smith, Jr. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University, presented a seminar titled “PPS and Sensor Fusion for ITS Applications”. Dr. Bevly’s presentation highlighted his extensive research experience in the field of autonomous vehicles and introduced members to the rapidly emerging field.


September 15-19, 2014 – The City of Auburn Travel with Care Program - During the Fall 2014 semester, the AU student chapter supported the City of Auburn’s Travel with Care program, which focuses on traffic safety through the promotion of knowledge on a range of issues, especially pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle-related. The program provides public education by asking people to answer a questionnaire with questions about laws and legislations such as jaywalking, proper passing of transit and school buses, motorcycle regulations, pedestrian rights, and bicycle laws. After the completion of the quiz, gifts such as reflective t-shirts and bicycle lights were awarded.


September 11, 2014 - The Auburn University Student Chapter of ITE hosted the first meeting of the Fall semester starting with a discussion of upcoming events. The main presentation of this meeting supported this and was given by Dr. Rod Turochy, Auburn University’s Student Chapter Advisor. Dr. Turochy’s presentation titled “ITE: What is in it for me?” introduced the many advantages of membership in The Institute of Transportation Engineers.


April 17, 2014 - At the final student chapter meeting of the semester, Mr. John Funny, President and CEO of Grice Consulting LLC, presented a lecture entitled “Careers in Transportation and Traffic Engineering”. His position as an industry leader, and Chair of the SDITE Education and Student Chapters Committee, provided students valuable advice and insight into the transportation industry and careers.


April 10, 2014 - Liz Hammer, Analyst at Kimley-Horn and Associates and graduate of Auburn University’s Civil Engineering Program, presented a lecture entitled “Signal Timing Optimization”. The lecture provided members insight not only into the optimization process but also a unique perspective of experiences they may encounter in the workplace.


March 27, 2014 - Jeffrey Dumars, Assistant Director of Campus Planning & Space Management at Auburn University, was the second speaker of the year. He is a graduate of the California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obisqo Master of City and Regional Planning Program and has extensive experience as an Urban and Landscape Designer in the private sector. His presentation entitled “Auburn University Transportation Master Planning” exposed those in attendance to the University’s transportation planning process and vision including how projected land-use, parking demand, transit, and game-day events influence the plan.


March 20, 2014 - The first ITE student chapter meeting of the year was held to welcome new and returning students and to discuss the planned events. Upcoming meeting times and dates were discussed as well as potential topics and speakers. Alabama Department of Transportation State Maintenance Engineer and Auburn University Civil Engineering Alumnus Stacey N. Glass presented a lecture entitled “Alabama ITS: State of the State”.