Montana State University

MSU transportation engineering team wins regional competition

June 8, 2004 -- by MSU News Service

Montana State University College of Engineering graduate Trevor Iman of Hamilton received the regional Outstanding Student Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers' regional competition. The MSU student chapter also won the Outstanding Student Chapter Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. (Photo by Jodi Carson.)   High-Res Available

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Bozeman--For the fifth time in six years, College of Engineering students from Montana State University won the Outstanding Student Chapter Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers' regional competition.

Five students are travelling to the annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif. this month to be formally recognized for their exemplary efforts. They are club president Trevor Iman of Hamilton, vice president Cody Salo of Helena, secretary Meagan Powers of Billings, webmaster Jeff Johnson of Deer Lodge and incoming president Scott Lee of Spokane, Wash.

Iman, a 2004 graduate, will be recognized with the Outstanding Student Award for the district, which is comprised of 29 universities in 13 western states. Each university nominated students with the intent of recognizing extraordinary effort, leadership and dedication to transportation engineering.

"Of all the things I could learn in school, the most important has been networking," said Iman. "ITE provides an excellent opportunity to network with professionals while also allowing students to learn and grow in the field of transportation engineering."

Iman's award is based upon a yearlong program related to technical activities, professional interaction and involvement, promotion of the profession among peers and public service and outreach.

"I continue to be amazed at the enthusiasm, creativity and dedication put forth by the transportation engineering student officers and membership," said Jodi Carson, academic advisor and professor of civil engineering. "As part of their competition portfolio that includes technical projects, public service, speakers and conference attendance, the student chapter implemented the redesign of MSU's Bobcat Stadium parking facilities earlier this year. Their layout improved traffic circulation within adjacent parking lots and improved traffic flow to and from the stadium during events."

Carson said that the students are working to establish a transportation lab with state-of-the-art traffic control hardware and software. The students are involved in designing the lab, writing a proposal to secure matching funds and developing a plan to integrate the lab into transportation-related curriculum.

The MSU chapter and their report now compete for the International Outstanding Institute of Transportation Engineers student chapter title, to be announced later this summer. ITE is an international organization founded in 1930 to enable transportation engineers, planners and professionals in meeting human needs for mobility and safety.

Contact Linda Wyckoff 994-2223 or Jodi Carson 994-7998