Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, President of the Council of University Transportation Centers, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on behalf of CUTC with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). The MOU-signing was held in conjunction with the ITE International Board of Direction Meeting, which occurred in Washington, D.C. This MOU forms a collaborative working partnership to advance common interests and initiatives and to support both student-run activities and technical cooperation, providing the foundations for ITE and CUTC to formally engage and work toward common goals. Areas of collaboration include:
- Promoting career development opportunities available through the UTCs to ITE’s student chapters and young professionals
- Fostering ITE’s Student Leadership Summits and working together to promote the events
- Helping UTCs connect with practitioners on technical issues and research-related projects
- Making each other’s memberships aware of ongoing activities and opportunities to work together.
“The CUTC is very excited to partner with ITE, as our goals are complementary. Our members produce new techniques and products relevant to the transportation practice, and this partnership with ITE will allow us to put these faster into the hands of practitioners. Furthermore, this partnership will create additional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage with the transportation industry and be better prepared to join the profession,” said Dr. Lily Elefteriadou, President of the Council of University Transportation Centers.
“ITE is the professional home for a diverse membership of today’s practicing transportation professionals, as well as the next generation’s. In joining together with the Council of University Transportation Centers, we believe this partnership will bring an enhanced experience to student and younger members for both organizations, and help ensure that UTC-based research efforts are fully engaging practitioners,” said Jeffrey F. Paniati, ITE Executive Director and CEO.