Welcome to the New Year!

ITE kicked off the new year by participating in two major events on campus: Quad Day and E-Night. Both the events helped us to attract new members and tell them about the great opportunities available to them on campus. We reached out to everyone from freshmen to grad students to talk about our big events from last year – the O’Hare & CMI tours, the Chicago Networking trip, and the MTD seminar – and the excitement was visible!

This year, we’ve got some great new events planned. Bookmark this website to stay updated. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, shoot us an email to iteuiuc@gmail.com and like our Facebook page!

Traffic Bowl 2016

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The 2016 Team (L to R): Jacob Mathew, Ryan Smith, Nick Fishburn, Sushobhan Sen

The 2016 Traffic Bowl for the ITE Midwestern District was held at the ITE Midwestern/Great Lakes District Joint Meeting in Chicago in June, 2016. The U of I participated with a team composed of undergrads and grads. Other teams that participated were: the University of Minnesota, the University of Southern Illinois at Edwardsville, the State University of North Dakota, Iowa State University, and the University of Kansas.

U of I reached the finals after a nail-biting finish against UMN, wherein a tie was broken by a margin of just 0.01 for the right answer! In the finals, U of I stood second behind new champions UMN, and defeating last year’s champion Iowa State. Last year, U of I stood third.

The Traffic Bowl was followed by a great pizza night at Gino’s! We look forward to next year’s event!

Changing CU through Transportation Enhancements

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In our last general meeting of the year, we welcomed Sean Widener and Becca Wagner, consultants on the multi-million dollar Multimodal Corridor Enhancement (MCORE) project that was only one of two projects in Illinois that received a federal TIGER grant in that cycle, to talk to members about the history and conception behind the project, planned improvements to iconic campus locations, and what all that means for the local community.

We had a healthy turnout and plenty of questions about the project.

Next General Meeting

MCORE General Meeting

ITE will be hosting its last General Meeting of the semester on April 28, at 5:30 PM in 1310 Newmark. We will be joined by speakers Sean Widener from Clark Dietz and Becca Wagner from Hanson to talk about the $15.7 million MCORE project that will redevelop major parts of campus over the next couple of years.

We will also be holding our annual elections. Do join if you want to get involved with us.

And of course, there will be free pizza!

Flying High at O’Hare

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On April 5, 2016, ITE UIUC student chapter took 34 members to visit O’Hare International Airport for a tour. We say the United Airlines Cargo Facility, the sixth largest in the world, air side facilities (including some cool military hardware), and the CDA Operations Tower. Participants clicked tons of pictures and videos of planes landing and taking off.

We’d like to thank the Engineering Council, United Airlines, Chicago Department of Aviation, and ITE Illinois for making this tour possible. We hope to make it a regular feature.

ITE at EOH 2016

IMG_20160311_134525.jpgEngineering Open House, the signature outreach event of the University of Illinois, held its 2016 edition under the theme ‘The STEM of Innovation.’ Thousands of local schools and families came over to see some of the things done at this university that are pushing the boundaries of innovation.

ITE participated in the event as well. Our most popular exhibit remained the Perception Reaction Time (PRT) instrument, and we had kids (and adults) competing with each other for the fastest reaction time. The record this year was 0.12 seconds. Aside from that, we had a lot of selfies with the full-scale traffic light as well.

In addition to those, we had a live visual and audio feed of O’Hare International Airport’s ATC running, and also showed an old electro-mechanical traffic controller. Both of these were highly appreciated and we always had large crowds.

Soaring high above Champaign

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ITE UIUC Student Chapter went on a tour of Willard Airport, owned by the University of Illinois and home to the aviation program at Parkland College. Participants in groups of 14 were taken on a bus tour of airfield facilities, including the runway and taxiways. An on the fly tutorial about reading airfield pavement markings was followed by a display of how some of the planes took off and landed, and how the Air Traffic Control managed the entire operation.

The tour also included a behind-the-scenes view of the baggage distribution system and the local fire station (which had some very expensive equipment indeed). ITE would like to thank the staff and administration at Willard Airport for taking their time to educate us about this valuable component of our community.

GM with Jay Rank

ITE UIUC Student Chapter held its first General Meeting of the Spring 2016 semester on 2/4/2016 with Jay Rank, Planner at CUMTD, speaking about operations at the MTD. The event was well-attended with close to 60 people turning up to listen to the very interesting talk. The talk lasted about 30 minutes and the speaker took questions and interacted with students for a whole hour after that.

Abdul Rauf, President, thanked the speaker for his time and presented him with an Illinois coffee mug as a mark of appreciation. We look forward to more great talks in the future.

Sign up for CMI!

Willard Airport tour

ITE will be taking students on a tour of Willard Airport on Tuesday, 2/16, from 2-4 PM (meet outside the Yeh Center at 1.30 PM). The tour will include a wayside bus tour of the facilities at the airport. Seating in the bus is limited, so please sign up soon! We will be going by first come first serve. If you can drive people to the airport, you can jump ahead of the line.

To sign up, go to tinyurl.com/ITEWillard