ITE Students Shine During the Summer at U of M
For release: September 20, 2010
For press information, contact Dr. Stephanie Ivey, 901-678-3286
With the new fall semester underway, students from the University of Memphis (U of
M) ITE chapter have plenty to reflect upon besides the typical summer vacation activities.
Their summer was filled with activities such as research, mentoring, volunteering
and attending ITE events.
This summer, two U of M ITE chapter members were awarded MemphiSTEM undergraduate
Research Fellowships. Stephen Edwards and Jason Dittrich received this National Science
Foundation (NSF) funded fellowship to conduct research in their field. Several chapter
members worked and volunteered at two summer programs for middle and high-school aged
students, Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) and Transportation Engineering Careers
(TREC), where they mentored students participating in hands-on engineering design
projects. Chapter members also worked as college mentors for the MemphiSTEM summer
program Math Bootcamp, which helps in-coming or current science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) majors at U of M to sharpen their math skills during a two-week
U of M ITE chapter members traveled across the state this summer to attend ITE Tennessee
Section (TSITE) meeting where student chapter member and past Vice-President, Jeffery
Karafa, was honored as the undergraduate paper competition winner. Jeffery was also
awarded the William L. Moore, Jr. Student Scholarship for his outstanding commitment
The chapter also participated in continuing education by hosting sites for two Webinars;
creating an atmosphere for local transportation professional and students to interact.
To read more about the University of Memphis ITE chapter, click here.
U of M ITE Student Chapter Secretary Lindsey Thomas (left foreground), looks on as
GEE students prepare for the Transportation Final Challenge.
ITE Student Chapter member Patrice Thomas with GEE Transportation Focus Session participants.
From L to R Stephen Edwards (U of M ITE Treasurer), Ethan Skaggs (U of M ITE President),
and Hisham Gnedy (U of M ITE VP) compete in the Southern District ITE Traffic Bowl
competition at the annual meeting in April 2010. The meeting was held in Portsmouth,