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Top photo: From left are ITE members Mike Garza, Jason Granado,
Paul Wernli, Adrian Figueroa and Alex Torres. Bottom photo:
Presentation on traffic control during evacuations

Students form Institute of Transportation Engineers

By Alexandria Sanchez
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(March 9, 2007)--Students in the College of Engineering established last month a UTSA chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

At the inaugural meeting Feb. 28, Andy Ballard, research engineer for the Texas Transportation Institute, discussed hurricane evacuation plans in Houston, and contraflow operations that change the directional flow of highways to accommodate outgoing traffic during evacuation procedures.

"ITE was created to increase awareness among the student body interested in transportation engineering," said Paul Wernli, president of UTSA's ITE chapter. "We also want to be a middle ground between transportation professionals and students so they can interact."

Membership in the organization is open to UTSA students interested in transportation engineering. Meetings are monthly and annual dues are $10.

For more information, e-mail Mike Garza.

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