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Running Successful Student Chapters: Experiences from NYU and Cal Poly SLO

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This webinar was developed by the ITE Education Council.

Webinar Description:
ITE is committed to developing the next generation of thought leaders in transportation. A critical element of these efforts is the engagement of ITE student chapters. There are significant differences in the form and function of student chapters based on characteristics of the universities, the degree of involvement from faculty and practitioners, and other factors. This webinar highlights effective strategies for running an ITE student chapter from the 2019 and 2020 ITE Student Chapters of the Year.

Student leaders from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and New York University Tandon ITE student chapters will share their experiences in running a successful chapter. The students will share their knowledge about outreach, event planning, on-campus engagement, membership retainment, and leadership. Furthermore, students will discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic to their respective chapters. They will explain how they navigated the transition to online activities and how the pandemic has affected events and engagement. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session where students and faculty advisors can share insights as to best practices, challenges, and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement effective practices in running a student chapter.
  • Maintain and grow the level of engagement in a student chapter.
  • Bridge the gap between undergraduate and graduate student involvement in student chapters.
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities ITE student chapters face due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contributors

  • Jingqin Gao, Postdoctoral Associate | New York University

    Dr. Jingqin (Jannie) Gao is a postdoctoral associate at C2SMART Tier 1 University Transportation Center led by New York University (NYU). Her research interests lie in data-driven and machine learning solutions for transportation, simulation modeling, and connected and autonomous vehicles applications. Before joining NYU, Jingqin worked at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) to support the agency’s internal planning and technical review processes. She is the former president of NYU’s joint Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS) Student Chapter during 2018-2019 and has been awarded the 2019 Dr. Louis J. Pignataro Memorial Transportation Education Award by the ITE MET section for her outstanding academic and leadership credentials.

  • Logan Wagner, NYU ITE President | New York University

    Logan Wagner is the current Co-president of the NYU ITE and ITS Joint Student Chapter and a third-year undergraduate student in the Civil and Urban Engineering Department. As Co-president, he enjoys the collaboration between all members of NYU ITE community and greater Northeastern District. In the future, he hopes to contribute to smart, equitable, and efficient transportation infrastructure projects.

  • Katherine Lee, Cal Poly ITE President | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Katherine Lee is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is also currently the president of Cal Poly ITE. As president, she enjoys seeing students get more involved within the student chapter and collaborating with other student chapters from all over the world. In the future, she would like to contribute to providing a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system for all communities.

  • Cody Lim, Cal Poly ITE Vice President | California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Cody Lim is the current vice president of the Cal Poly SLO ITE Student Chapter, and first-year graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As vice president, he enjoys getting students involved in their local transportation systems, and learning about the practices of other communities. He hopes to develop innovative and effective solutions for the transportation issues of the future.

January 26, 2021
Tue 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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