All events with * indicated registered professionals are welcome to join!

Friday, February 28, 2020

6:00 – 9:00 PM – Check-In and Bowling, Ping pong, Billiards *

  • Get to know how fellow student leaders and transportation professionals roll. Bowling lanes, billiards tables, and more will be open for games. Don’t strike out and forget your socks!
  • Check-in, where students receive their name tag and “swag bag”, will be located at a table near the front of Tech Rec
  • Tech Rec in Georgia Tech Student Center
    350 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

7:00 PM – Dinner Buffet Opens and Welcome Address *

  • “Welcome to Atlanta” from ITE@GT Advisor (Dr. James Tsai), ITE@GT President (Becca Kiriazes), ITE GA-Section President (Kate Sheerin), and Southern District President (Becky Rogers)*

Saturday, February 29, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 AM: Check-In and Grab-and-Go Breakfast *

8:30 – 9:00 AM: “Moving Transportation Topics Beyond Buzzwords” and Morning Welcome *

  • Speaker, Jacob Tzegaegbe from the City of Atlanta
  • A look ahead at Atlanta’s new Department of Transportation as we work to build a safer mobility system, focus on improving historical inequities in the built environment, and provide more multi-modal mobility options to support future growth of the region.
  • 0.5 PDH Credit
  • Clough Auditorium 144

9:00 – 10:00 AM: Career Expo of SLS-2020 Sponsors *

  • Industry sponsors will have the opportunity introduce their work and mingle with student at tables set up throughout Clough lobby
  • Check out the list of companies on our sponsor page.
  • Students, don’t forget to bring your resume!

10:00 – 12:00 PM: Morning Rotational Sessions. Three thirty-minute sessions

  • Engineering Communications and Communicating Graphics with Dr. Lisa Rosenstein in Clough Classroom 127
    • Technical presentations typically contain a lot of graphical evidence, but presenters often don’t adequately describe or interpret these graphics for their audience. Such deficiencies can undermine the effectiveness of a presentation. This workshop introduces participants to strategies for talking an audience through a wide range of graphical displays.
  • Resume Workshop with Molly Johnson, recruiter from Kimley Horn and Jody Peace from Arcadis in Clough Classroom 125 *
    • What are recruiters looking for in resume? What are hiring managers looking for in a new hire? Learn about building the perfect resume in the transportation field that will be sure to help you land your dream job!
  • Leadership and Team Activities in Clough Classroom 131
    • Looking to build relationships in your student chapter? Learn leadership and team building activities led by Kelsey Keane, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Fellow.
  • Midtown Self-Guided Tour (Option for Professionals)

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Traffic Bowl Round 1 *

  • Teams competing include University of Alabama at Birmingham (Alabama Section), Georgia Tech (Georgia Section), Mississippi State University and University of Louisiana Lafayette (Deep South Section), NC A&T(North Carolina Section), Clemson (South Carolina Section), University of Memphis (Tennessee Section), Virginia Tech (Virginia Section)
  • 1 PDH credit
  • Clough Auditorium 144

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Lunch on the Steps*

  • Enjoy a break from activities and a yummy lunch!
  • Clough Lobby Staircase

1:00 – 4:00: Southern District Meeting

  • Lunch will be delivered to those attendees at the Southern District Meeting
  • Clough Classroom 325

2:00 – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Rotational Sessions *
Sessions will be at 2:00 – 2:30, 2:45 – 3:15, and 3:30 – 4:00 PM.

  • “Implementing Autonomous Vehicles” by Curiosity Lab
    • Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners is a publicly funded living lab designed to provide a real world test environment to advance next generation intelligent mobility and smart city technology.
    • This presentation by James Nguyen will discuss the project development, and construction management to reconfigure an existing, decades-old suburban office park road into a Smart-City, Autonomous-Vehicle, Connected-Transportation Living Laboratory. The near-future plans for the project, as well as the technology currently underway and the technology they hope to attract will also be covered.
    • 0.5 PDH Credit
    • Clough Classroom 127
  • “Smart Cities and Data Analytics” led by Dr. Michael Hunter
    • With leadership from the United States Department of Transportation, Smart City programs are fast becoming a reality. Such a Smart City is expected to consume real-time information and leverage communication technologies to address urban challenges, including transportation related issues such as traffic congestion and environmental pollution. Dr. Hunter will share more about smart cities and describe lessons learned from the North Avenue Smart Corridor project.
    • 0.5 PDH Credit
    • Clough Classroom 125
  • Transportation Scavenger Hunt
    • Meet in Clough Classroom 131

4:00 – 4:30 PM: Traffic Bowl Final Round *

  • Winning teams from round 1 will compete to earn a spot at the International Traffic Bowl in New Orleans, LA
  • Clough Auditorium 144

4:30 PM: Group Photo on the Clough Stairs in T-Shirts

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Ice Cream Social *

  • Celebrate the winners of the Southern District Traffic Bowl with a sweet treat!
  • Clough Lobby

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Networking, Dinner, and Drinks *

8:00 PM: “Not your Typical Transportation System” Guest Speaker, Shaun Green from Atlanta Beltline *

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Bill Moore Student Success Center
President Suite A, B, C
225 N Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast (Student Success Center)

9:00 – 11:00 AM: “Influencing without Formal Authority ” with Dr. Beverly Langford

  • Dr. Beverly Langford will discuss “Influencing without Formal Authority ” in her interactive student leadership workshop. (Student Success Center)

11:00 – 12:00 PM: Lunch Break* (Student Success Center)

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Closing Speaker, Alyssa A. Reynolds Rodriguez, VP of ITE International * (Student Success Center)


Jacob Tzegaegbe is Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Senior Transportation Policy Advisor. In this role, he is tasked with leading the creation of Atlanta’s first Department of Transportation and developing a mobility strategy for the future of Atlanta. Prior to joining City Hall, Jacob worked at McKinsey & Company consulting for large corporations and governments around the world. Jacob holds a Bachelors and Masters in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also completed two Masters degrees at University College London focused on Urban Economic Development and Mega Infrastructure Delivery.

Dr. Lisa Rosenstein created and directs the Charles E. Gearing Program in Engineering Communication. Begun in 1998 and funded by the Mundy family, the CEE communications program implements a new model of engineering education, one that directly links communication skills with course content. It does so by meaningfully integrating instruction on written, visual and oral communication into the engineering curriculum. At the undergraduate level, Dr. Rosenstein co-teaches the core CEE engineering courses, frequently lectures in elective engineering courses, and often provides teaching materials for her colleagues. At the graduate level, she teaches a stand-alone course in engineering communication that addresses how to achieve a clear and direct writing style across a wide range of technical documents, how to effectively display quantitative data, and how to create and deliver oral presentations.

James Nguyen graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is the Transportation Engineer for the City of Peachtree Corners where he manages the City’s Capital Improvement Projects, reviews Transportation related plans and addresses resident complaints and request. James is also the American Society of Highway Engineers’ (ASHE) Student Chapter Chair where he helps organize speakers and activities for Georgia Tech’s ASHE Student Chapter.

Dr. Michael Hunter is a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Hunter joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the 2003. Dr. Hunter has been highly active in research, teaching, and service and has been principal investigator of sponsored research, for a variety of sponsors including local, state, federal, and industry. Dr. Hunter’s research has resulted in over 110 refereed journal and conference papers as well as over 150 other publications, posters, and presentations. Dr. Hunter has led two significant transportation research centers, the Georgia Transportation Institute (GTI, 2012 to present) and the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM, 2012 to 2017). Dr. Hunter is actively researching smart cities, connected vehicles and infrastructure, and disruptive technologies within the transportation systems context. 

Shaun Green joined Atlanta Beltline in 2013 as Senior Transportation Engineer. His professional career has focused on urban, multi-modal transportation systems. Before joining ABI, Green spent ten years with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) and worked as a consulting engineer prior to that. He is a graduate of the prestigious North Avenue Trade School here in Atlanta and has been a bicycle commuter since 1994. He plays beer-league ice-hockey, does occasional band gigs as a drummer, and believes himself to be a lot funnier than he actually is. He and his wife have three daughters.

Dr. Beverly Langford is President of LMA Communication, a consulting, training, and coaching firm. She has taught management communication at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business for more than 20 years, having taught in the MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Global Partners MBA programs and delivering coaching, workshops, and special projects in numerous other programs throughout the University. She is author of The Etiquette Edge: Modern Manners for Business Success, published by AMACOM in 2016.

Alyssa A. Reynolds Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F) is the ITE International Vice President. Alyssa works at the City of Henderson, Nevada as the assistant director of Public Works. With nearly 20 years of experience, she has a diverse employment history including municipal engineering, consulting, and academia. Her background includes a wide variety of transportation engineering and planning projects including complete streets design, traffic impact studies, traffic signal design, travel demand modeling, maintenance management and asset management systems, safe routes to school, fleet management, and GIS applications. She is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Nevada and California. A proud Montana State University (MSU) Bobcat, Alyssa received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from MSU and volunteered with the Alumni Foundation. Alyssa’s participation with ITE includes leadership roles at the International, District, Section, Chapter, and student chapter level.