UT Austin ITE Student Chapter Hosts Inaugural TexITE Student Leadership Summit
The UT Austin ITE Student Chapter—in collaboration with Texas A&M Texas State, UT San Antonio, and UT Arlington—co-founded the inaugural TexITE Student Leadership Summit. Fifty students and twenty professionals came together to network, collaborate, and compete in an event designed to prepare students in becoming the next generation of leadership.
The Summit kicked off the TexITE Fall District Meeting in San Antonio and featured three activities: First, in the Research Showcase, student representatives presented the latest research and technology initiatives from five of the top Texas universities. Second, in Speed Interviews, students strengthened communication skills and prepared for the job market in a series of small group mock interviews led by industry professionals. Finally, in the Transportation Hackathon, teams of students worked together to develop a concept solution to a modern transportation problem and pitched their ideas to a panel of industry judges. The top three innovative teams—including UT students Rachel Hure (first place team) and Patrick Jordan (third place team)—were awarded for their ideas regarding emergency response, logistics and distribution, and smart cities.
UT Austin was recognized as the Outstanding Student Chapter of 2015 for its critical role in the Summit’s development. Alice Chu, Venktesh Pandey, and Kristie Chin served as the UT representatives on the organization committee. Key sponsors included Pape-Dawson, who hosted the event, Kimley Horn, CEC, Parsons Brinckerhoff, South Texas Section ITE, and Capital Area Section ITE. Building upon these partnerships, the student chapters look forward to working with TexITE in the future to put students on a path for professional involvement.