Upcoming Deadlines!

WDCSITE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 16, 2019

WDCSITE is introducing an annual student scholarship intended for future transportation professionals. This scholarship aims to recognize students for their hard work, while encouraging them to fulfill their remaining course work in Transportation Engineering/Planning and pursue a career in the field of transportation. This scholarship is designed to provide financial support to students who have demonstrated extraordinary interest in the transportation field. Two undergraduate or graduate students will be provided scholarships in the amount of $500 each.

Please reach out to Neelima Ghanta for additional information. Please find the supporting background information, application, and referral form at the links located below:

Background Information

Application Form

Application Referral Form

PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

This award is given to a project that applied innovative methods and techniques to solve a transportation problem/issue for the overall betterment of the community. The project should clearly demonstrate the use of effective and trend setting solutions that reflect in-depth knowledge in the field of transportation.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • The competition is limited to agencies/consultants and projects located within the WDCSITE geographic area: Washington DC, Maryland, Northern Virginia – Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William County
  • Project should be able to highlight substantial involvement of at least one WDCSITE member
  • Project may be of any type (study, design, or construction) or magnitude
  • Substantial portion of the project must have been completed before August 15th of the year of submission for this award’s consideration
  • The committee will accept submission of projects that are work-in-progress. However, should your project be selected for the award, the same project cannot be submitted again for consideration the next two (2) years

CRITERIA FOR JUDGEMENT:
Projects submitted for this award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Use of sound engineering principles with application of innovative solutions and ideas
  • Social, environmental, and significance of the project to the relevant community/area
  • Project complexity and net benefit of the project
  • Technical value to the transportation engineering profession
  • Dollar value of the project will not be considered in judging

SUBMISSION ITEMS:

  • The submittall shall consist of a project description of no more than two pages that outlines its benefits (including graphics/pictures)
  • Include the name of the agency/firm, project location and information necessary to judge the project based on the stated criteria
  • Up to two additional pages of drawings/graphics will be accepted as an appendix (if necessary)
  • Applicants are also encouraged to submit a technical paper about their project for presentation at the annual meeting

Please reach out to Vivek Hariharan for any questions. 

Call for Volunteers: Maryland STEM Festival

The WDCSITE Board is in the process of planning STEM events in our region with school students to increase youth awareness around transportation.  You as WDCSITE members have a unique opportunity to participate in these activities through the Maryland STEM Festival – this is a month-long festival that promotes STEM all around the state from October 11 through November 10.  One of ITE’s primary goals as an organization is to promote transportation to school students through STEM activities, which encourages them to consider future studies and career paths in transportation and related fields. 

We would love to have you join us at these events to help engage students in transportation-related activities.  Some of the events we are planning are below.  Please contact Adam Greenstein (410-246-3843) if you would like to be part of the WDCSITE team in making these events memorable and enjoyable for our region’s young minds!

October 12 – Maker Day Celebration – Columbia 

  • Location: Universities Space Research Association (USRA) – 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
  • Time: 2-5pm
  • Age group(s): all

October 19 – Middle School Community Transportation Event – Takoma Park 

  • Location: Takoma Park Community Center – 7315 New Hampshire Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
  • Time: 3:30-5pm

November 2 – 1st Annual Cambridge STEM Day – Cambridge 

  • Location: Cannery Way – 400 block of Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613
  • Time: 9am-12pm
  • Age group(s): all

Week of November 4 (specific date TBD) – Middle School Transportation Event – Takoma Park 

  • Location: Takoma Park Middle School – 7611 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Time: TBD (during the school day)

2019 Joint WDCSITE and ITS Maryland Technical Meeting at UMD

Please join your fellow WDCSITE colleagues, ITS Maryland, and University of Maryland students and professors for workshops and technical presentations at the University of Maryland on Wednesday, September 11th.

The meeting will begin with a workshop to help students build and refine resumes and practice interview skills in mock interviews. A reception will follow with food and beverages, followed by technical presentations.

It is anticipated that PDH credit(s) will be available. Payment will be taken electronically only (through Paypal portal).

AGENDA

  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM – Resume and Interview Workshop with UMD students WDCSITE and ITSMD volunteers are needed for this workshop session prior to presentation. Please email Anjuli Tapia at a.tapia@fehrandpeers.com if you would like to volunteer.
  • 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM – Registration and Networking
  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Technical Presentations
    1. Incentrip Project Dr. Lei Zhang, Maryland Transportation Institute Director
    2. Purple Line Light Rail Construction Alex Demarais, Purple Line Transit Constructors Systems Integration Engineer

COST

  • Presenter/ Public Sector / Full-Time Student / Retired: FREE
  • Private Sector ITE/ITS Maryland Member: $20
  • Private Sector Non-ITE/ITS Maryland Member: $30

Should you have any questions, please contact Anjuli Tapia (202-854-2733; a.tapia@fehandpeers.com) or Jon Crisafi (202-836-4007; jcrisafi@kittelson.com) for further details. 

Please click on the link below to register for the 2019 Joint WDCSITE and ITS Maryland Technical Meeting at the University of Maryland (UMD).

REGISTER NOW!