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Oregon Tech Engineering Students Win the 2014 Oregon ITE Traffic Bowl

Nov 25, 2014
Oregon Tech Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) took home first place in the Oregon ITE Traffic Bowl.
2014 Oregon ITE Traffic Bowl student champions
From Left: Joshua McCullough, Justin Millar, Colton Hansen, Jimmy Le

The Oregon Tech Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) took home $500 after winning the coveted Bill Kloos Trophy for first place in the Oregon ITE Traffic Bowl on November 20th at Portland State University.
 
University of Washington took home second place, while two-time defending champions and host Portland State University finished third. Teams from Oregon State University, University of Portland, and the University of Oregon also competed. 
 
The Jeopardy-style contest pits the Northwest’s brightest transportation students against each other and tests students on their knowledge of transportation planning, engineering, and history, with a sprinkling of arcane facts and pop culture thrown in for good measure. The knowledge-building event also brings practicing engineers and students together to network and assist transportation job seekers.
 
Roger Lindgren, Oregon Tech civil engineering professor and chapter advisor, said the team narrowly made it out of the preliminary round, earning the wild card slot in the final by a mere 100 points. “Then, in the final round Justin Millar, our captain, and his crew were unstoppable, gaining the lead on the second question and dominating the round, winning by 900 points,” stated Dr. Lindgren.
 
The 2014 Oregon ITE Traffic Bowl student champions are:
Justin Millar – captain
Colton Hansen
Jimmy Le
Joshua McCullough
 
Over the years, the Chapter has arranged very successful trips to the ITE Traffic Bowl, the USDOT Region X Transportation Student Conference, ITE Western Region Student Leadership Conferences, and tours including the single point urban interchange (SPUI) in South Medford, the west coast’s first diverging diamond interchange (DDI) in Phoenix, the Eugene I-5 "flyover", the Willamette River Bridge, and the Antlers Bridge.
 
The Chapter works with other Oregon Tech student groups, such as the Engineers Without Borders, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Associated General Contractors student chapters as well as the International ITE organization, ITE Region 6, Oregon ITE, and student groups at other Oregon universities to put engineering students in contact with practicing engineers and real-world projects. Funding for the Oregon Tech Chapter is through a grant from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
 
For more information on events or to become a member please contact Chapter Advisor Dr. Roger Lindgren at roger.lindgren@oit.edu.
 
About Oregon ITE
The Oregon Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers is a professional society of both public and private sector engineers, planners, and students with an interest in transportation. The Oregon Section holds various events throughout the year, providing networking and professional development opportunities for members and students. Events range from informal happy hour gatherings, technical workshops, professional development opportunities, technical luncheons, an annual golf tournament, and the evening dinner annual Traffic Bowl competition held every fall that showcases student participation.
 
About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is the only public 4-year institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.
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