A generous sponsorship from Austraffic has enabled ITEANZ to offer financial support for young members to attend worldwide conferences, meetings or other professional events which would allow them to interact and learn from other professionals. The aim is to contribute to their personal and professional development. Five young professionals and students have received funding to pursue development opportunities overseas since the inception of the award.
Worldwide Learning Opportunities granted
Conference: Annual ITE Meeting, Austin Texas, USA, 2019
Danielle is a Graduate Transport Engineer at SMEC Australia in the Melbourne Office and Secretary of the YoungITE Committee. She is passionate about the transportation industry and is a keen advocate for young people contributing to the profession through fresh, innovative ideas.
She has been involved in the ITE-ANZ for over a year, taking on the role of Interstate Representative Liaison and Speaker Liaison as part of the organizing committee for the inaugural Student Leadership Summit (SLS). She has also taken on an active role within the ITE, assisting in the organization of 2019 seminars. Danielle is looking forward to exploring opportunities with her fellow committee members to assist young professionals and students to make a significant contribution to the profession.
Conference: TRB annual meeting, Washington D.C Conference Centre, Washington D.C, USA, 2019
Tyler O’Hare was awarded the opportunity, through the generous support of Austraffic and ITE, to attend the TRB annual meeting in Washington D.C in early January 2019. In the course of this event, he
- Assisted in presenting his university research to a room full of attendees and answered their questions in front of his poster at a later session.
- Attended countless lectorial and poster sessions on areas of interest.
- Rode in a fully autonomous mini-bus and explored the future of transport technology in the exhibit hall.
- Visited the ITE headquarters and met with the very popular Bruce and Randy (international president and vice president) and snapped a photo with the prestigious Traffic Bowl trophy and John Davis.
- Braved the snow and attended a dinner for Monash staff and students.
Conference: International Symposium of Transport Simulation & International Workshop on Traffic Data Collection and its Standardization, Japan, 2018
The ITE and Austraffic were pleased to present the first New Zealand young member, Dana Abudayyeh, with funding to support her in undertaking a Worlwide Learning Opportunity. Dana is conducting PhD research into signal control for urban road networks, at the University of Canterbury. She has been awarded funding to travel to Japan, to present the results of modelling of disrupted road networks for different blockage scenarios. A passion for traffic modelling led Dana to her current research pursuits, in which she is exploring the use of signal control to improve the resilience of urban transport networks. Congratulations Dana!
Conference: University of Minnesota Student Leadership Summit and ITE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, 2018
Laura Aston been granted funding to attend the ITE Student Leadership Summit and ITE Annual Meeting, both to be held in Minneapolis in August 2018. Laura will have the opportunity to attend a Student Leadership Summit first hand and hopes to take away many ideas and insights to apply to the first ITEANZ student leadership summit to be held in Melbourne this year. She will also have the opportunity to share initiatives that ITEANZ is currently undertaking, and hear about initiatives that our international ITE peers are undertaking, as well as learning about transportation industry trends and opportunities, at the annual meeting.
Laura expects to share her experience from the Student Leadership Summit and ITE Annual Meeting at the first Student Leadership Summit.
Conference: Australasian Transportation Research Forum, Auckland, 2017
Joel received the award whilst studying for an undergraduate degree at Monash University. Joel’s co-authored paper ‘Safe roads for cyclists: an investigation of Australian and Dutch approaches’, was accepted for presentation at the Australasian Transport Research Forum in Auckland in November 2017. His research project was on the topic of cycling infrastructure, under the supervision of Dr Marilyn Johnson of the Monash Institute of Transport Studies. Austraffic’s generous funding enabled Joel to attend the conference and present his research.
Conference: ITS Asia Pacific Forum, Hong Kong, 2017
Conference: ITE Annual Meeting, Toronto, 2017
In order to realise he full benefit of these worldwide learning opportunities, recipient are asked to share their learning and experience with the wider transportation community at ITE seminars. Sam and Manuel shared their overseas experiences at the November seminar, “ITS, Wayfinding and Learnings from Toronto”. Sam Linke chaired the session and also presented on a range of topics, including City Making, Complete Streets, Autonomous Vehicles, Engaging Young Professionals and other things learnt at the ITE Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada. Manuel Lawrence’s topic was ‘Smart technologies and planning for better cities – Learnings from Hong Kong’. He discussed transport technologies in cities and provided observations of transport planning initiatives in Hong Kong.
Applications for WLO are open on an ongoing basis
More information and eligibility criteria for Worldwide Learning Opportunity funding is outlined in the attached flyer. Please share this information with young transport professionals.
John Reid, Austraffic