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ITE Student Chapter Garners Multiple Awards
For release: July 27, 2009
For press information, contact Dr. Stephanie Ivey, 901-678-3286

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter at the University of Memphis has earned three awards from the Tennessee Section of the ITE, including Outstanding Student Chapter for 2008. 

The Chapter was selected to receive the 2008 Robert Stammer Student Outstanding Student Chapter Award based on its annual report to the Tennessee Section.  The award is presented to the student chapter who, for the school year, has contributed most to the advancement of the transportation profession and the Tennessee Section.  The chapter will be presented with a plaque at the Tennessee Section’s Summer Meeting, and will represent Tennessee at the ITE Southern District’s William Temple Scholarship Challenge Traffic Bowl at the 2010 Annual Meeting. A number of criteria are used in the selection process, including the frequency and educational value of student chapter meetings and the number of unique activities performed.  One of these unique activities is an outreach effort with Campus School 6th graders to make them aware of career opportunities in transportation engineering. 

ITE Student Chapter President at the time of the award, Ethan Skaggs (in the white and gray striped shirt), and other student chapter officers and members doing a traffic count with Campus School sixth graders

Undergraduate Civil Engineering student Navid Jafari was selected as recipient of the $2,000 William L. Moore, Jr. Student Scholarship.  The scholarship is offered each year for civil engineering students enrolled at a university within the State of Tennessee who have demonstrated a strong commitment to transportation engineering.  Navid is the new U of M ITE Student Chapter President.

A small group of Campus School students with a student chapter member and the new U of M ITE Student Chapter President, Navid Jafari (left)

Michael Lamport, May 2009 Civil Engineering Graduate, was selected as runner-up in the Tennessee Section’s Student Paper Competition for his paper titled “Safe Routes to School:  Evaluation of Hanley Elementary.” The student paper competition encourages student members of the ITE to conduct and report on independent and original research and investigation of traffic and transportation subjects, and provides a means for recognizing outstanding accomplishments in this area.  Student papers submitted to the Tennessee Section are also submitted to the Southern District ITE for their student paper competition. 

A classroom shot

Tennessee Section ITE:  www.tsite.org

Southern District ITE: www.sdite.org 

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