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Getting to Know
ITE's Great Lakes District
Sections
Indiana
Michigan
Ohio

Members

As of 2020, the Great Lakes District has approximately 900 members, including 250 student members
in what is currently ITE's smallest (non-international) district. Big changes are happening, however, in
terms of the Great Lakes' footprint and membership size: As part of the ONE ITE initiative, the current
Great Lakes District is merging with ITE's Illinois, North Central, and Wisconsin Sections to form a "new"
Great Lakes District.
Student Chapters: 10

O'Connor joined ITE as young member in
2004 and was active in the Dallas Section of
Texas ITE. He says that staying active in ITE
truly yields great benefits and, although he's
moved multiple times, the friendships and
professional contacts he's developed over
the years through ITE are still dynamic and
growing. Additionally, serving the Tampa
Bay Chapter as Board President was a great
opportunity for exposure to the full gamut
of leadership within ITE, from interactions
with our members to working and being
involved with the District leadership.
"Become active! You'll never be turned
away, as we always need help," he offers as
advice to ITE members looking to become
more involved. "If you see an opportunity
to contribute or where you could benefit,
speak up. There is never the right time, or
the right amount of experience before being
comfortable raising your hand to volunteer.
Take the smallest opportunity to dip your
toe in, or jump in with both feet."
He adds, "As long as you are willing to
listen, take direction and ask for help, you
will be successful and benefit ITE. Also,
take advantage of the ITE Young Member
discounted dues if your company or agency
doesn't support you-it's worth the investment in yourself." itej

District Board Leadership
Chair and International Director - Scott Knebel, P.E. (M)
Vice-Chair - Carissa McQuiston, P.E. (M)
Treasurer - Jared Love, P.E., PTOE, PMP (M)
Secretary - Rich Zielinski, P.E. (M)
Member - Neal Underwood, P.E., PTOE (M)
Member - Laura Slusher, P.E. (M)
Member - Lia Michaels, P.E., RSP1, PTOE (M)
Of note: Michigan Section past President and Great Lakes District Vice-Chair Carissa McQuiston also
serves as the Midwest District Secretary to ensure a smooth transition into 2021.

Did You Know?

*	 The Great Lakes District Board is comprised of two officers from each of the three Sections' leadership
(president and past president) for a two-year term plus the District Chair and International Director,
a position filled by an individual for a three-year term (it rotates amongst the three sections). As they
transition to the "new" Great Lakes District, they will adopt a more typical structure.
*	 Traffic Bowl is Serious Business! Great Lakes Traffic Bowl stats:
*	 Ten years of District Traffic Bowls in eight
different cities: Indianapolis, IN; Columbus,
OH; Lexington, KY; Grand Rapids, MI; Dayton,
OH; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; and Ft.
Wayne, IN.
*	 Four winning schools (Purdue, Ohio State
University, Wayne State, and Trine University)
*	 Four schools represented at the
international level (Purdue, Western
Michigan University, Wayne State, and Trine)
Students from Trine University (Indiana) receiving
*	 Purdue has won the event 7 times,
including 5 consecutive wins (2014-2018) the Great Lakes District Traffic Bowl winners plaque
*	 Eight different schools have participated
at the 2019 GLD Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

Historical Perspective

*	 The Ohio Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers was founded in
1956 with 11 charter members.
*	 Paul Robinette was a charter member of the Ohio Section, and became City
Traffic Engineer of Toledo, OH in 1936. He is believed to be the first person to
hold that title in an Ohio city.
*	 Roger L. Morrison, the fourth president of ITE, was a native of Illinois. He became
an associate professor and the professor of highway engineering and transportation at the University of Michigan in 1924. At the time of his election, he was
the first mid-westerner to serve as President of ITE. He was also a founder of ITE
in 1930 and a vice president for two years, 1934 to 1936. He was a director from
1931 to 1933. He was named an ITE Honorary Member posthumously in 1952.
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