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About ITE


The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is a professional society of more than 9600 transportation engineers and planners in over 70 countries. Its members are responsible for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods on streets, highways, and transit systems. Since 1930, the Institute has been providing transportation professionals with programs and resources to help them meet those responsibilities. Institute programs and resources include professional development seminars, technical reports, a monthly journal, local, regional, and international meetings, and other forums for the exchange of opinion, ideas, techniques, and research.

In the beginning...

The Institute of Transportation Engineers was founded in 1930 for the purpose of enabling "engineers and other professionals with knowledge and competence in transportation and traffic engineering to contribute individually and collectively toward meeting human needs for mobility and safety and to promote professional development of members, by the support and encouragement of education, stimulation of research, development of public awareness, exchange of professional information, and maintenance of a central point of reference and action."

The first student chapters of the Institute of Transportation Engineers were organized at the University of Illinois and Yale University in 1947. By the beginning of 1996, the number of student chapters had grown to 96.

Goals and Objectives

The goal of ITE is to introduce students to the transportation profession and to supplement their classroom and laboratory experiences with "real world" activities.

The objectives of the ITE Student Chapter are:

  • To promote the advancement of transportation and traffic engineering by fostering the close association of students with the transportation and traffic engineering profession and the Institute;
  • To acquaint students with topics of interest in transportation and traffic engineering through the media of addresses by competent speakers, and of Chapter-sponsored trips;
  • To foster the development of professional spirit;
  • To promote common interests among students;
  • To encourage the expansion of facilities for transportation and traffic engineering study.

Active participation in ITE Student Chapter activities will provide the members with numerous and varied opportunities to increase their understanding of technical principles and techniques while simultaneously gaining valuable experience in exercising the principles of personal and public relations.