February 9, 2021 Newsletter Print

A Message from the Secretary-Treasurer

Georgia ITE Members and Friends, 

I hope everyone had a great Super Bowl Weekend! Georgia ITE has a ton of events coming up including our first monthly meeting of the year. For this newsletter there are several events that I would like to highlight. 

Registration is open for the February monthly meeting. This meeting will be held as a webinar next week on Thursday, February 18th. Leo Beckmann will give an update on the Georgia Ports Authority. 

Also next week is the ITE Student Leadership Summit. The ITE Student Leadership Summit is entirely planned by students, for students. Through the promotion of leadership and professional development, these events aim to guide future transportation professionals. The event is open to undergraduate and graduate level students. The dates for the 2021 Student Leadership Summit are February 19th and 20th. 

Don't forget to register for the 2021 ITE/ASHE Transportation Winter Workshop. The Winter Workshop Committee has been hard at work planning the first ever virtual workshop. A rich technical program is planned along with social events, a group project, and prizes. You won't want to miss it!

Please continue reading below to see event details and other announcements. 


Christina Barry, PE
2021 GAITE Secretary-Treasurer

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Upcoming Monthly Meeting

The Georgia ITE 2021 February Meeting will be a webinar event and is scheduled for Thursday, February 18 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT. Please Click Here to read more information and register. Registration is free for members and $5 for non-members. Registration is required if you want to earn a PDH. 

  • Speaker: Leo Beckmann, Manager of Governmental Affairs at Georgia Ports Authority


  • Topic: Update on the Georgia Ports


This webinar will be held via the Georgia ITE YouTube Channel. We will send out a direct link for the YouTube broadcast before the event. So be on the lookout for that email. We will also publish it to the event page when the link is available.

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Monthly Meeting Sponsor

February Meeting Sponsor: Southeastern Engineering, Inc.

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Outreach and Activities Update


The Georgia Tech ITE student chapter is looking for speakers for their virtual meetings this semester! We would love to have our Georgia ITE members speak to them about a technical topic, a project you are working on, professional development, etc. This is a great opportunity for professionals to connect and engage with our student members! If you are interested in speaking, please email our Student Liaison Coordinator, Madison Dorminey, at [email protected] for more information.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Joe Gillis. The fist committee meeting is planned for March. 

GAITE/GDOTEA Annual Golf Tournament

The rescheduled GAITE/GDOTEA Golf Tournament that was to be held in April has been cancelled. The fall tournament for 2021 is being planned for Columbus Day (October 11th) as usual. 

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ITE Student Leadership Summit

The dates for the 2021 ITE Student Leadership Summit are February 19th and 20th. 

The ITE Student Leadership Summit is entirely planned by students, for students. Through the promotion of leadership and professional development, these events aim to guide future transportation professionals. The event is open to undergraduate and graduate level students.

Since the first student leadership summit, there have been 12 student leadership summits hosted by ITE student chapters around the U.S., Canada, and with the ITE Australian and New Zealand Chapter. More than 1,000 students have participated in these events. They are a source of great pride for both our students and professional members, helping to grow the number of transportation professionals across the world.


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SDITE Student Chapter competitions

March 1st, 2021 is the submission deadline for entrance in the 2021 SDITE Student Chapter competitions. These include the SDITE Student Chapter Report Awards, SDITE Student Technical Paper Awards, and the ITE Student Chapter Momentum Award. All entries must be submitted to Robert Baker by March 1st in PDF form preferably. Please contact Robert or your chapter liaison for more details.

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SDITE Annual Meeting Call for Technical Papers

The Southern District ITE Technical Knowledge Team and Member Services Committee announces the call Technical Paper Competition!

This competition awards are to be given in two categories:
• the Best Technical Paper submitted by an SDITE Member, and
• the Best Young Member Technical Paper submitted by an SDITE Member 35 years of age or younger 

Papers should be at least 1,500 words in length and pertain to research or practical applications conducted in non-academic practice during the calendar year 2020. 

The top award is a $350 cash prize and full registration scholarship toward the 2021 SDITE Annual Meeting in Wilmington, NC, to the author of the winning paper in each category, and a runner-up award of $175 cash prize and half-registration scholarship to the Annual Meeting will be given to each category. Winning authors will be invited to present their papers at the 2021 Southern District ITE Annual Meeting in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Deadline for submission of papers is January 14, 2021 March 1, 2021.

For additional details click here for the Criteria for Evaluation of the SDITE Technical Paper Awards 2021.

For further information contact Kevin Cole, Technical Knowledge Team Chair at [email protected]

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Winter Workshop

It’s time to REGISTER!!! The 11th Annual Georgia ITE/ASHE Transportation Winter Workshop will be a virtual conference and will take place on Monday, March 8, 2021.

This year, we are proud to present a rich technical program comprising of 13 excellent technical presentations, one keynote presentation, two exciting and fun group projects (individual and group), and an ACEC panel discussion.

On top of it all, there are optional social events on the evenings of Sunday, March 7th and Monday, March 8th. You can also learn how to make 3-4 bourbon cocktails!!! Both PE PDH and AICP CM credits will be offered! DON’T MISS OUT!!!

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Summer Seminar

The planning for the 2021 Summer Seminar is under way. We’re excited to be going back to the King and Prince in beautiful St. Simons on July 18-21. It’s early days and many things are flexible but we are making every effort for an in-person conference, with appropriate backup planning. If you are interested in participating in the program development, please contact Bill Ruhsam (Chair) or Christy Jeon (Technical Chair) at [email protected] or [email protected].

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Marketing/Communication Update

Do you ever have great ideas for GAITE but not sure where to send these? Do you have a presentation topic or know of one that would be good for a monthly meeting or one of our conferences? The Marketing and Communications committee is working to update our website to make it easier to find information you are looking for and to communicate with the GAITE board and committees. A “contact us” area has been added more prominently on the website. Under this area there are now links for submitting questions, comments or recommendations to be reviewed by the board. Additionally, you can also submit presentation topic ideas for us to consider!

GAITE now has an official website contact email, so if there are any questions about the website or you need help getting something put on the website, please send details to [email protected]

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Now is the time of year to renew your membership to ITE! Being an ITE Member not only means you are a transportation professional, but a transportation professional who is in touch with ideas, people, and resources at the international, national, and regional levels and who uses this knowledge to bring the best solutions to your local community. Click here to sign in and pay dues online.

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