The University of Massachusetts Amherst student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) hosted its 11th annual Tech Day on March 11. The keynote address was presented this year by UMass Amherst alumnus Jeffrey B. Mullan, the Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), who talked about "Facing Transportation Challenges in the Commonwealth."
MassDOT was launched in November of 2009. As its CEO, Mullan oversees implementation of the most historic transportation reform law in decades. He leads a new, unified organization that operates as one transportation agency with one mission: “to provide a safe, reliable, and efficient transportation network for citizens of the Commonwealth.”
Mullan was also a key architect of the reform plan to create the new streamlined transportation organization.
Four other presentations were also given: “Innovate Project: I-91 ITS Design Build Project,” by Meryl Mandell, Project Manager at MassDOT District 2 and a UMass Alum; “The Future of Rail in New England,” by Matthew Coogan, Director of the New England Transportation Institute; “Pavement of Tomorrow,” by Walaa Mogawer, Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor at UMass Dartmouth; and “Funding the Future,” by Clinton Bench, Deputy Executive Director MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning and a UMass Alum.
This year, Tech Day is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the UMass ITE group. The ITE is an international educational and scientific association, whose members are traffic engineers, transportation planners, and other professionals who are responsible for meeting society's needs for safe and efficient surface transportation through planning, designing, implementing, operating, and maintaining surface transportation systems worldwide. Our campus chapter of the ITE was founded in 1990. The award-winning chapter remains busy throughout the year focusing its activities in three areas: professional development, community service, and social events.