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NUITE Wins District Traffic Bowl and Advances to National Competition!

April 5, 2017

from left to right: Emil Gruber, Brian Wyer, Sara Rauwolf, Lynda Nitka 

About Me

Sara Rauwolf (second from right) is a fifth year Northeastern student studying transportation engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She has completed one roadway design co-op at Parsons Corporation (highways!) in San Diego, CA and another at Toole Design Group (bikes!) in Boston, where she still works part-time. In August, she's moving to Oakland, CA to begin her post-grad job with Kimley-Horn's Intelligent Transportation Systems team (technology!). Sara has been involved with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) since her third year, when she switched from Chemical Engineering to Civil Engineering. Since then, she has served as ITE's Publicity Coordinator and Vice President, and now leads the group as President. In her free time, Sara tries to stay hydrated and get enough sleep. She also enjoys exploring Boston and trying out new recipes, and is currently training for a triathlon. 

NUITE Wins District Traffic Bowl and Advances to National Competition!

On Thursday, March 23, four members of NUITE tested their knowledge of ITE, traffic and transportation engineering, and planning in the ITE District One Traffic Bowl. They competed in the Jeopardy-style competition against five other collegiate teams and emerged victorious! As winners of the district traffic bowl, the team will travel to Toronto this summer to compete nationally against eight other teams in the annual ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Championship, part of the conference for the ITE annual meeting. The theme of this year's ITE meeting is "Transportation for All: Putting New Ideas into Practice", which emphasizes the multifaceted, creative approach necessary to solve transportation design problems. The four-member team is psyched for the opportunity to show off their transportation knowledge and make Northeastern (especially ITE Advisor Dr. Dulaski and CEE Department Chair Dr. Hajjar) proud!

Aside from competing in the Traffic Bowl each year, NUITE hosts biweekly lectures featuring professionals from within the transportation engineering field. Recent speakers include the Director of Orientation and Mobility for Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, who lectured on designing for pedestrian access for individuals who are blind or have low‐visibility, and an engineer from Kittleson & Associates, who presented on intersection design for bicyclists. Other ITE events include field trips, like traveling to Boston Logan Airport to get a first-hand view at runway rehabilitation projects! NUITE members also engage in volunteer work and outreach as well as in professional development at ITE meetings and conferences.

NUITE welcomes members from not only all types of engineering, but all other majors as well- the transportation field is interdisciplinary and filled with opportunity! If you're interested in learning more or becoming an NUITE member (it's free!), email - we are always happy to welcome new members!