By Marcia Faye
Excerpt from full article in iitmagazine
Whether you drive or take public transportation, your synthetic composite counterpart is also traveling on Zongzhi Li’s desktop computer. With travel and traffic information gathered from census, survey, and field data, Li, an associate professor of transportation engineering at IIT Armour College of Engineering, is formulating the daily comings and goings—an estimated 28.5 million trips—of some 9.7 million people in the Chicago metropolitan area. His work is part of a next-generation transportation planning, traffic operations, and evacuation planning and emergency management project.
Chicago has long been the rail hub of the nation, both in terms of passenger and freight trains. In the period between World War I and World War II, there were six passenger rail stations in downtown Chicago serving the city’s railroads. Virtually every passenger making a coast-to-coast trip had to pass through Chicago, and likely had to transfer between stations. Three of the stations are still in use today by Amtrak or Metra. Two are completely gone, and another is still standing, but not serving any railroad function. Also today, there is one new downtown station that serves Metra and South Shore trains. Read more
AEM Construction Challenge, presented by Volvo Construction Equipment, is looking for student volunteers from IIT to help with the competition that will be held January 15, 2011. High school teams will compete and solve transportation and water infrastructure Challenges using creativity, teamwork and problem solving. The Carpenter’s Union is the site for the competition. It is on Union Ave near the corner of Halstead and Cermak. Sign Up!!
Help design Chicago’s bike lanes! The City of Chicago will be establishing approximately 20 miles of new bike lanes and 10 miles of new marked shared lanes over the next two years. Help design these bikeways and upgrade existing ones. Work will be carried out at the Chicago Department of Transportation’s downtown offices and in the field throughout Chicago. Read more
DEADLINE: Thursday, November 18, 2010
IIT graduate students are invited to apply for the Starr Research Fellowship and the Fieldhouse Research Fellowship. Each fellowship provides up to $15,000 for one year and can be used for tuition support and stipend. The fellowships are NOT renewable, but may be supplemented by funding from other sources.
Nearly 400 corporate and governmental industry leaders will gather in San Francisco, CA, for the WTS Annual Conference. For two days and two nights, private corporations, public agencies and government officials invested in every transportation mode will exhibit, present, learn and network. Eight distinct events, including an opening night reception and a banquet dinner, will showcase the tremendous leadership represented.
DEADLINE: Friday, December 3, 2010
The Illinois Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers is pleased to send the application materials for their 2010 scholarship awards. Their Student Scholarship is open to undergraduate (sophomore through senior) and graduate students and will be granted to two students (one undergraduate and one graduate) in the form of $2,000 each. The Student Paper competition, open only to graduate students, provides $1,000 to the deserving author of a technical paper. They are also providing the Student ITE chapter with the most applicants with a $150 prize to use at their discretion. All of these awards are a terrific opportunity for each of the students individually and for the student chapter as a whole!
The files below include full description of each scholarship; and all necessary application forms. These forms can be printed and mailed or scanned in and emailed.