ITE @ GT

The Institute of Transportation Engineers – Georgia Tech Student Chapter

March Events

Accepting Nominations for 2016-2017
ITE@GT Executive Board – Due March 24th
The end of the year is almost here meaning, it’s time to elect a new ITE board! If you believe in ITE’s vision and would like to join the serve team that makes it all happen nominate yourself or a friend for one of these positions:
– President
– VP for Finance
– VP for Outreach
– Secretary

Feel free to email or meet up with any of the current board members i.e., Stephanie (president), Haobing (VP for finance), Jack (acting VP for Outreach) or Abhilasha (secretary), to find out more details about what each role entails. We will be accepting nominations from now till March 24th. Elections will be held during our monthly meeting on March 31st! Send your nominations by clicking here.

Edgewood TOD Tour -March 16th
Join us to tour the Edgewood TOD site with project planners and designers Amanda Rhein and Eric Kronberg. See flyer attached and below for more details. Please RSVP here.

ITE Traffic Bowl – March 18th (11:30am-1:00pm)
Come and support your fellow ITE’ers Calvin, Geoffrey, Maria, and Ben as they compete against Kennesaw State University at the regional ITE meeting Traffic Bowl at Maggiano’s Cumberland (1601 Cumberland Mall SE, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30339-3162). Free lunch is provided to students if you register here.
Registration closes on Monday March 14th by Midnight.

Monthly Meeting and February Events

Meeting:

The next ITE Meeting is THIS THURSDAY, Feb 18th at 11:00am in Mason 1133. GT Career Services will be there to help with resume formatting and interview strategies, and lunch will be provided. Ask questions in advance here: https://goo.gl/NI6Ioy

Events:

WTS and ITE will be screening “Bikes vs Cars” on Thursday, Feb 25th at 6pm in the Architecture East 123 theater. This event is open admission to anyone, so feel free to bring guests. Please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/forms/J6pNNrYJ1v

ITE will be volunteering at the Gwinnett Regional Science Fair on Friday, Feb 26th. You can help out a middle school science fair with setting up and tearing down, judging projects, and you can also set up a career expo booth to share your company’s work with students. Sign up for a role using these links:

http://www.gwinnettsciencefair.com/judging/

http://www.gwinnettsciencefair.com/career-expo/

 http://www.gwinnettsciencefair.com/volunteering/

TRB LaTeX template update

As some older ITE@GT folks may know, Greg shared a LaTeX template for TRB here three years ago.  His template enabled you to dynamically generate your TRB paper using documentation software such as R, LaTeX, and Sweave.  It is a very useful tool for people who like to use R for data analysis and graphics.  It is also very useful for people like to create a “dynamic document”.  As I was playing with it, I realized that a minor feature was not included in the template, which is the total word count.  By total word count, I mean the sum of the count of words and the equivalent counts of words from tables and figures (each table/figure accounts for 250 words).

To my surprise, in LaTeX, it is not a very straight-forward task.  There is no default command or package in LaTeX that you can directly use.  After trying a couple of days with no luck, I posted my question on Tex.SX and got a solution.  So I implemented the solution on Greg’s previous template, added some other minor tweaks, and thought I should share it with y’all in case anyone is interested.

So here is an updated version of the TRB LaTeX template, developed based on the impressive work by David Pritchard as well as Greg, with some additional features such as the automatic total word count and some minor formatting.

Similar to Greg’s template, to make this document, you will need to have LaTeX and R installed on your system. Here is an example of the final document trb_template, although there is still work to be done, personally, I think it is good enough (and I think we spent too much effort on it already :P).  Essential files, including the .rnw file, the BibTex definition file, and the .bib file, can be downloaded as a .zip file here.

Young Professional Panel

ITE at GT hosted a Young Professionals Panel on February 19, 2015 with local transportation professionals Nila Abubakar, Lance Ballard, Kate D’Ambrosio, and Chris Rome.  The panelists shared what its like to transition from school to the work force, how to find the job that’s right for you, and gave tips on how to meet the right people and hone your skills to get hired in the position you want.  

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