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2019 GAITE Annual Meeting

December 12, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Maggianos - Cumberland
1601 Cumberland Mall Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30339
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Post Meeting Summary:

For our final event of the year, our annual meeting awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarships, inducted the 2020 GAITE Board of Directors and presented our 2019 Awards. Congratulations to all involved! Make sure to check out the photo gallery attached to this meeting for pictures from the annual meeting.

Our 2019 Award Winners:

  • Transportation Professional of the Year Winner – Russell McMurray
  • Georgia Section Agency Award Winner – Gwinnett County DOT
  • John D. Edwards, Jr. Individual Achievement Award Winner – Sam Harris
  • Karl Bevins Distinguished Service Award Winner – Jim Tolson
  • Marsha Anderson Bomar Outstanding Young Member Award – Md Shah Imran
  • Georgia Section Innovation in Transportation Award – The Ray
  • Georgia Section Award of Special Recognition – Joe Gillis
  • Georgia Section Idea Sharing Award – Tyler Peek


Our 2019 Scholarship Winners:

  • Ziyi Dai, Georgia Tech
  • Keren Bassourou, Kennesaw State Univeristy
  • Han Gyol Kim, Georgia Tech
  • Sultana Tania, Georgia Southern Univeristy

  • John D. Edwards Memorial Scholarship: Rebecca Kiriazes, Georgia Tech

2019 GAITE Leadership Program Graduates:

  • Sung Jun Park, Jacobs
  • Chuck Fisher, Arcadis
  • Aimee Turner, Croy
  • John Bolen, WSP
  • Michael Turpeau, Atkins
  • Arnaud Huguet, GDOT
  • Amanda Wilson, Atkins
  • Elizabeth Shaw, City of Roswell
  • Justin Stutts, Wolverton
  • Jourdyn Fuga, Kimley-Horn
  • Melissa Gende, VHB
  • Brianna Bolen, Jacobs
  • Ana Fraundof, Cobb County
  • Ali Etezady, Georgia Tech

Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker: Allie Kelly, Executive Director of The Ray

This year's guest speaker will be Allie Kelly, Executive Director of The Ray. In that role, she leads the nonprofit organization that has built the nation’s only publicly accessible, living laboratory for transportation innovation.

GDOT and The Ray are jointly partnering with Panasonic to create a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) data ecosystem that will enable Georgia’s first connected interstate roadway. In addition to several roadside units along The Ray that will receive connected vehicle information, Panasonic is building their CIRRUS V2X (vehicle-to-everything) platform, or the “brain”, enabling GDOT to leverage the real-time, location-specific data to improve roadway safety, ease congestion, identify maintenance needs and roadway interruptions. Come hear Allie discuss the technology and the benefits.

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