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OIT Civil Engineering Students Participate in Transportation Conference

Nov 18, 2009
The Seventh Annual Region X Student Transportation Conference was held Friday, Nov. 13, at the University of Oregon.

The Seventh Annual Region X Student Transportation Conference was held Friday, Nov. 13, at the University of Oregon. The theme of this year's conference was "Moving People," which emphasized finding alternative, more efficient means of transportation for community members in a new age of environmental awareness.

OIT was represented by Civil Engineering seniors Andrea Rose and Chelsea McNeil, and juniors Quency Fahlgren and Noah Brennan. The OIT students were funded by a grant from OTREC (Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium). OIT is a member of this consortium, with Dr. Roger Lindgren as Associate Director for OIT.

There were approximately 40 participants, primarily graduate students, who attended this conference. There were 10 poster presentations; OIT's (McNeil, Rose) placed second in the poster competition. McNeil and Rose were the only undergraduates in the poster competition. McNeil and Rose presented on similar topic at 2009 Oregon Transportation Safety Conference.

The conference brought together students and transportation experts from schools all over the Northwest, mostly from Portland State University, Oregon State University, University of Oregon, University of Washington and Oregon Institute of Technology. The one-day event featured student presentations, keynote speaker Jim Whitty from the Oregon Department of Transportation and a panel of transportation professionals from Eugene and Portland. Whitty is Manager of the ODOT Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding. His presentation was titled "Innovations in Transportation During Times of Societal Change." Speakers and panelists discussed current trends in moving people intermodally as well as in a sustainable fashion.

Past Region X Student Conferences have been held at the University of Washington (2003 & 2008), Portland State University (2004), Oregon State University (2006) and the University of Idaho (2007). The conference is entirely run for and by students. Students are able to present their research and exchange ideas with their peers in an environment that does not exist in the classroom or in other conferences. The conference includes both student presentations and a poster session to showcase the great student-led transportation research being done in the Northwest.

The 2009-2010 conference is sponsored by the OTREC, the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon, and LiveMove, a student-led transportation initiative at the University of Oregon.

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