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EDITORIAL STAFF
Holly Gilbert Stowell

ITE is 90!
On October 2, 1930, a group of 19 transportation professionals
gathered at the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
to establish a new national organization. The purpose of this
organization was to "advance the profession of traffic engineering,
stimulate research on street traffic matters, to encourage
and foster traffic engineering education, and to establish a
clearinghouse for authoritative pronouncements of street travel
matters." On that day nearly 90 years ago, ITE was born.
Throughout 2020 we will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of
ITE, our rich history, and the individuals who have led the way. We also want to shine a
spotlight on our Districts, Sections, and Chapters, and those who have contributed to the
success of ITE. Each month, ITE Journal will feature one of our Districts and tell the story
of the growth of that District. The history of ITE will be woven throughout our Joint ITE
International and Southern District Annual Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans, LA,
USA. As the theme "Celebrating the Past-Shaping the Future" indicates, we will have the
opportunity to gather together to wish ITE a happy 90th, and to look forward as well.
To start our reflection and celebration I thought I would share a few snippets from a
history of ITE written on the occasion of the 50th anniversary in 1980:
The formation of ITE had been discussed many times at national and regional
meetings of the National Safety Council and the American Society of Civil Engineers in
the 1920s. According to the ITE history books, these discussions took place at "some of
the better saloons of the convention cities." Some things never change!
The 19 founders of ITE included state traffic engineers, city traffic engineers, safety
personnel with insurance companies, professionals with the National Safety Council,
transit and consulting engineers, a salesperson, and a dean of a college of engineering. A
true Community of Transportation Professionals!
Growth was slow in the early years with a total membership of 159 in 1939. By 1951 ITE
had grown to 677. Although all of its founders were from the northeast, Western ITE had
grown to be the largest Section with 135 members. Growth started to take off in the 1950s
with more than 1,500 members by 1962; 3,000 by 1967; and 4,500 by the early 1970s. Today
we have more than 16,000 members, not far from our peak membership of about 17,000.
While it is fun to look back at our history, we also want to make the anniversary about
Shaping the Future. As part of this 90th anniversary, we have launched the $90 for 90
campaign to benefit the ITE Legacy Fund, ITE's charitable effort to support the next
generation of transportation professionals and ITE members. It provides for a wide range
of programs. Members from every District, Section, and Chapter benefit from the Legacy
Fund, which is supported by annual donations from ITE members. Throughout our 90th
anniversary year, we will provide opportunities for members to contribute to the $90 for
90 campaign, recognizing and thanking those who do so in a variety of ways. I hope you
will join us in making a difference in a young person's life. Visit http://www.ite.org/legacy
to learn more.
If you have anything you'd like to share about ITE's history, you can reach me at
jpaniati@ite.org or on Twitter, @JeffPaniatiITE.

Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
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Jeffrey F. Paniati, P.E. (F)

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Jeffrey A. Lindley, P.E. (F)

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Sonya Torres

Accounting Specialist

Marche Curry

Administrative Specialist

Ann O'Neill

Certification Programs Manager

Tatiana Richey

Contracts Manager

Zach Pleasant, PMP

Information Technology Services Senior Director

Douglas E. Noble, P.E., PTOE (F)

Management and Operations Senior Director

Linda S. Pierre, CMP, CEM
Senior Director of Meetings

Eunice Chege Thoya

Membership Associate

Jennifer Childs

Membership Database Associate-Data Services

Sallie C. Dollins

Membership Services Associate

Kellyanne Broom

Professional Development Manager

Colleen A. Agan

Senior Director of Membership Strategies and Operations

Kevin G. Hooper, P.E. (F)

Strategic Projects (Consultant)

Nicola Tavares, PMP

Technical Products Manager

Niloo Parvinashtiani

Technical Programs Associate

Sarah Abel (M)

Technical Programs Manager

Deborah L. Rouse

Technical Publications Manager

Lisa M. Fontana Tierney, P.E. (F)
Traffic Engineering Senior Director

Siva R. K Narla (M)

Transportation Technology Senior Director

Volume 90 | Issue 1
ITE Journal (ISSN 0162-8178) is written by and for transportation engineers,
transportation planners, and others responsible for the safe and efficient
movement of people and goods on our surface transportation system. Published
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