Girl Scouts 7th Annual STEMapalooza

Illinois ITE attended the 7th Annual STEMapalooza Expo hosted by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. This event occurred on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 PM at the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills. The goal of STEMapalooza is to inspire girls to explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by providing hands-on activities for the 400 girls who attend. ILITE has collaborated with Girl Scouts for the past few years and hopes to continue inspiring young girls to pursue STEM subjects.


Illinois ITE provided laptops with the traffic control game “Gridlock Buster” available to play. Gridlock Buster is an online traffic control game developed by the University of Minnesota and applies concepts vital to traffic engineering. The game incorporates the concept of delay and queue in a fun and easily understandable way. Players must control the traffic signals to ensure maximum capacity through the intersection. Illinois ITE was able to explain the role of traffic engineers to both the Girl Scouts and the attending parents. Illinois ITE would like to thank the organizers of this fun event and looks forward to future collaborations with the Girl Scouts of Great Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Thank you to ITE board members Josh Harris and Monica Shei and ITE member Bryce Wegner for volunteering for this event!

Feel free to play Gridlock Buster here:

IL ITE Student Day 2018

The Illinois Section of ITE (ILITE) held the annual Student Day Career Fair + Luncheon on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the University of Illinois - Chicago campus.  Student Day is a career fair and networking event targeted at Illinois transportation students and companies.  


This year, the morning career fair session was attended by students from several Illinois universities,  as well as representatives from seven companies. Students and employers were encouraged to discuss opportunities from full-time, part-time, and even internships during the event. Thanks goes out to all of the companies who attended this year:

  • Baxter & Woodman
  • Clark Dietz
  • Hanson Professional Services, Inc
  • HDR
  • Jacobs
  • Lochmueller Group

After the career fair portion of students and professionals sat down for lunch where they could talk more informally. Students and professionals were encouraged to sit with each other so that each of the two sides could have representation in the discussions at each table.


 The Illinois Section of ITE would like to sincerely thank all of the students and professionals that joined us for this year's Student Day event!   The Section always welcomes any comments and suggestions about the Student Day event that may help us improve the event next year and beyond. See you next year!

Annual Banquet 2018

Fifty-two Illinois ITE members and guests were able to attend this year’s Annual Banquet on January 18th at the Berghoff in downtown Chicago. The banquet each year is a commemorative event for the section to honor student awards, section awards, and to install the new board.

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We were honored to have the 2017 Midwest District International Director, John Davis, provide an update on the Midwestern District of ITE and to install the new Section Board. John P Mick II provided information on the new Midwestern ITE Endowment Fund, which will be used to support members, students, and faculty to retain talent in the transportation profession. Jeff Young encouraged members to become involved with the ITE Public Agency Council and stressed the importance of ITE’s role in professional development.

John Wirtz of Jacobs Engineering was awarded the Outgoing President Award for his contributions to the Illinois Section. The Outstanding Member Award went to Monica Shei of Jacobs Engineering for her contributions that helped win the first ever ITE International Communications Award for the Illinois Section. Amarpal Matharu of the Illinois Tollway, a former President of the Illinois Section, was honored with the Past Presidents’ Award for his contributions to the transportation engineering profession in Illinois. We also recognized Patrick Jordan for his contribution to ILITE as the new ITEms Editor.

 Outgoing President's Award -  John Wirtz

Outgoing President's Award - John Wirtz

 Outstanding Member Award -  Monica Shei

Outstanding Member Award - Monica Shei

 Past President's Award -  Amarpal Matharu

Past President's Award - Amarpal Matharu

This year’s Graduate Scholarship was presented to Ramin Shabanpour of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Student Paper Award was presented to Michael Hyland of Northwestern University for “On-Demand Autonomous Vehicle-Enabled Mobility Service with No Shared Rides Operational Problem: Comparison of Real-Time Assignment Strategies”. Congratulations to Ramin and Michael for their outstanding work in 2017. 

 Graduate Scholarship -  Ramin Shabanpour

Graduate Scholarship - Ramin Shabanpour

 Student Paper -  Michael Hyland

Student Paper - Michael Hyland

The 2018 Board is as follows:

President Ryan Jacox
Vice President Brian Roberts
Secretary Josh Harris
Treasurer Jenna Brose
Technical Director Kelly Dunne
Activities Director Thomas Szabo
Student Affairs Director Ashley Hochstatter
Public Affairs Director Monica Shei
Operations Director Katelyn Bleach
Immediate Past President John Wirtz

A special thanks to the Illinois ITE 2018 Sponsors!

Platinum: AECOM, Jacobs, Civiltech
Silver: STV Inc., Baxter & Woodma, Gewalt Hamilton Associate, Inc. Transystems, KLOA Inc., WSP
Bronze: Lochmueller Group, CBB, Stantec

Photos: Craig Jakobsen