Engineering students attend traffic and transportation conference
Ten civil and environmental engineering majors accompanied by Lt. Col. Jeff Davis, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, converged in Savannah with more than 300 engineers and planners from around the world to discuss the latest in traffic and transportation at the Institute of Transportation Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibit that was held in March in Savannah.
The conference served as a professional development activity requirement of their Transportation Capstone Design, a course taught by Davis which focuses on a real world highway interchange design project. The students who attended, included Chad Tripp, Belen Keating, Mario Sias, Cody Gosnell, Henry Dominick, Kean Steele, Hillary Harris, Bryce Parker, Ryan Ivy, and Roy Cuaton.
“The conference was an enlightening experience for our students,” said Davis, “and provided guidance and useful information for them to use in completing their capstone projects.”
Technical sessions offered insight into new and evolving transportation technologies. Speakers provided examples of real world applications and how they are working to improve the field. Sessions focused on innovative solutions to today’s transportation issues including sustainability, policies to reduce green house gases, and evolving vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology.
The exhibit hall offered hands-on interaction and one-on-one discussions with the companies and engineers who are working to implement technological solutions to today’s mobility needs. Students were able to see demonstrations and even participate in driving simulations. Displays offered a preview of where the future of transportation engineering is headed.