General Meeting May 2

Local Traffic Engineering: Collaboration with TAMUite and Other Projects

Speaker: Dr. Brad Brimley

Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: DLEB (formerly CEOB, CE/TTI Building) Room 217
Free Food Will Be Provided!

Dr. Brimley has been involved in transportation engineering for over six years, with experience in research and practice. As a researcher, he performed studies evaluating driving behavior, roadway safety, and the performance of traffic signs and markings. He currently provides traffic engineering services to municipalities, agencies, and businesses, with experience in signal design, corridor modeling, and traffic impact analyses.  He will be presenting information about projects local to the Bryan/College Station area, some that have involved the services of TAMUite.

 

General Meeting Apr. 25

The Future of Transportation: Connect the Dots (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

Speaker: Shelley Row, P.E., MBA

Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Time: 12:30-1:30 PM
BONUS: Practical Tips for Communicating Technical Topics to Non-Technical Audiences (1:45-3:45 p.m.)
Location: CVOB (CE/TTI Building) Room 217
Free Food Will Be Provided!

Disruptive technology is creating an upheaval in transportation. Self-driving cars, connected vehicles and more are changing the definition of transportation.  Travelers have individualized information at their fingertips. A data avalanche is starting from connected and automated vehicles, location-based services, even Twitter feeds.

Some of these disruptions have started; others will arrive within 20 years. In the meantime, many capital investments for transportation infrastructure last 50 years or more; concessionaire agreements even longer. Transportation planning and businesses continue as business-as-usual when business is anything but usual. Impacts to transit, roadways and more are coming quickly. Data complexity outstrips the capability of most public agency staff. Do-it-yourself data capture and processing will give way to purchased information, analytics, and visualization.

Join Shelley Row, P.E., a 29-year transportation professional and former Director of the ITS Joint Program Office for USDOT, who will discuss the vision of the future and impacts on transportation organizations both public and private.

 

General Meeting Apr. 11

TRANSPORTATION: Top Ten for Context-Sensitive Solution Design

Speaker: Jeff Whitacre, P.E.

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: CVOB (CE/TTI Building) Room 217

Free Food Will Be Provided!

Jeff Whitacre, P.E. is a traffic engineer and transportation planner whose 12 years of experience includes working with both private developments and municipalities from transportation planning to engineering design. His project experience includes traffic impact studies,  thoroughfare planning, and other transportation related studies. Jeff’s unique experience has allowed him to participate in many projects from their conceptual plan to implementation, including the planning and implementation of large scale private development.  When developing designs, he examines the “bigger picture” and strives for permanent long-term solutions. Jeff has applied these innovative approaches to multiple transportation planning projects.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

  • Master of Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Professional Engineer in Texas
  • Professional Transportation Planner
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Board Member – Community Design Studio Fort Worth
  • APA Section Director

 

Houston TranStar Facilities Field Trip

Our field trip this semester is approaching! On Tuesday, March 28, we will host a day trip to the Houston TranStar facilities to see how traffic is managed in one of the busiest cities in the US. The trip will take the day and will provide a unique experience to learn how traffic engineers manage traffic around big events such as the Super Bowl. We will leave A&M around 9:30, return around 6, and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at this link by Friday, March 24: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEo_1ReBa1aszbgC8tguDE5aKkrXS46r5a6Auk52Gbo6Xg6w/viewform?c=0&w=1. We are looking forward to having an exciting field trip!

General Meeting Mar. 21

Speaker: Muhammad Musa, PhD. P.E.

Critical Thinking: An Interactive Presentation

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: CVOB (CE/TTI Building) Room 217

Free Food Will Be Provided!

Dr. Musa is a longtime member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). Prior to joining Landtech, Inc. as the Director of Traffic Engineering, he completed his Masters and Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Texas and Arizona. Dr. Musa has also served as a Research Associate and Faculty Member at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been a longtime academician at various institutions of higher learning across the United States and has written and presented various papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Musa has received numerous awards and recognitions for excellence in teaching from the University of Cincinnati and other higher education institutions. For three decades, he has served in the consulting world in various capacities in traffic and transportation engineering.

His presentation, “Critical Thinking”, will examine the meaning of the term Critical Thinking, include interactive questions with answers from the audience, and use engaging graphics to explain the theory. Dr. Musa will present the critical thinking process, its importance in everyday life and in the learning environment, components of the process, and its implications on affective dispositions or attitudes. He will shed light onto the workforce composition in the world, and how working professionals are classified according to Revised Blooms Taxonomy based on critical thinking skills.

TexITE Spring Meeting: Registration Details – Deadline: March 20th

We are excited for the spring TexITE meeting in Frisco, TX from April 19-21! This meeting is a time for transportation professionals to get together, attend lectures, learn about new projects in the industry, network, and present research. TAMUite will cover the cost of registration, transportation, and hotel. Let’s make a good impression by having many Aggies attend! The deadline to register is March 20th.

Please follow these steps to register:

1. You must be an international ITE member to attend. If you are not a member, sign up through this link. If you are a member, make sure to renew your membership. Take a screenshot of the proof of your membership and save it as “ITEmembership-yourname”. You will be asked to upload it later.

2. Sign up for the meeting through this link.
  • 1st page: Choose member/non-member/student registration and input your personal information.
  • 2nd page: Participant Type= student.
  • 3rd,4th page: TAMUite is not going to sponsor the technical events. TAMUite will only sponsor meeting registration of $50. However, you may choose to attend extra events at your own charge.
  • 5th page: You can also provide the number of guests you may want to invite, however, TAMUite is sponsoring only you, and not your guests.
  • 6th page: Do you want to sponsor the event? I would go and select no!
  • 7th page: In the payment page, select to pay by check or money order.
  • Final page: Make sure you have all correct information. Once again, TAMUite sponsorship for meeting registration is $50. Go ahead and press finish!
  • FINALLY: Take a copy of your registration receipt, and name it “texitespring2017-yourfullname“. You will be asked to upload it later.
3. Now go to this link. Answer all questions and upload your copy of your membership proof and registration receipt.
 
You’re done! Registered participants will receive more information later.

Elementary School Outreach

We will be participating in Discovery Night at Rock Prairie Elementary School (K-4th grades) as part of our school outreach program on February 23, 2017 at 5:30-7:30 p.m. We have two transportation games ready to play with K-4th grade students including a computer signal game and a “what’s missing?” sign game. This will be a great opportunity for our members to introduce the kids to the world of transportation!

General Meeting Feb. 21

Speaker: Dr. Karen Dixon, P.E.

New Tools for Assessing Access Management in the United States

Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: CVOB (CE/TTI Building) Room 217

Free Food Will Be Provided!

Dr. Karen Dixon, P.E. is a Senior Research Engineer and Program Manager for the Roadway Safety Program at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).  Before joining TTI, Dr. Dixon was a professor at Oregon State University and an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She earned a BS from Texas A&M University and a MCE and PhD from North Carolina State University.  She is also a registered professional engineer in Texas and Arizona.  Dr. Dixon is a member of the TRB Highway Safety Performance Committee and a member of the TRB Operational Effects of Geometrics Committee. She served as the chair of the technical research subcommittee for the development of the AASHTO Highway Safety Manual. Most recently, she was a co-author of the 2014 TRB Access Management Manual and the 2016 TRB Access Management Applications Guideline. Dr. Dixon’s talk will address how we evaluate access management and what new tools are available to enhance this evaluation.

Two-Day R Programming in Transportation Workshop Feb. 7 & 9

TUESDAY Workshop: R in Transportation Safety Research: Case Studies

THURSDAY Workshop: Text Mining in R: Understanding 100 years of Air Crash Narratives

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Attendees must bring a laptop with R and R Studio already installed and sample data downloaded. 

Links:

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Dates: 2 DAYS! Tuesday & Thursday, February 7 & 9, 2017

Time: 12:30-1:30 PM

Location: CVOB (CE/TTI Building) Room 217

Free Food Will Be Provided!

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Workshop 1: R in Transportation Safety Research: Case Studies

This workshop will give a basic idea of R programming in Transportation Safety Engineering. This workshop will cover the following items:

  • Basics of R
  • Concepts of safety modeling
  • Statistics vs. Machine Learning
  • R for statistical modeling
  • R for machine learning
  • Case studies

Workshop 2: Text Mining in R: Understanding 100 years of Air Crash Narratives

This workshop will give hands on R programming tools for performing text mining. This workshop will cover the following items:

  • Text Mining
  • Topic Modeling
  • 100 years of air crash data
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • R codes for word clouds
  • R codes for word networks
  • R codes for LDA and STM
  • What is next?

Bio of Dr. Subasish Das

Dr. Subasish Das is an associate transportation researcher with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). He has more than 7 years of national and international experience associated with transportation safety and operation. His major areas of expertise include database management, statistical analysis and machine learning with emphasis in safety and transportation operations, spatial analysis with modern web GIS tools, computer programming (R, python, VBA, html, and javascript), interactive data visualization, and deep learning tools for autonomous cars. He is the author or co-author of over 20 technical papers or research reports. One of his research reports won 2014 AASHTO RAC “Sweet Sixteen” High Value Research award. He has been engaged in many state and federal funded safety research projects. Dr. Das was an Eno Fellow. He is an active member of ITE, and ASCE. He recently served as vice-president of membership of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) Houston chapter. He is an active member of the TRB Committee for Library and Information Science for Transportation (ABG40).

 

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