ITE Journal - March 2021 - 4

| president's message
Innovating the Organization
INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTION

International President
Alyssa A. Reynolds Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F)
Director, Information Technology,
City of Henderson, NV, USA

International Vice President
Beverly Thompson Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E., PMP (F)

Division Head and Research Fellow, Texas A&M
Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, USA

Immediate Past International President
Ransford S. McCourt, P.E., PTOE (F)
Portland, OR, USA

Directors
Jen Malzer, M.Sc., P.Eng. (F)

(Canadian District), Transportation Engineer,
City of Calgary, AB, Canada

Andrew Velasquez, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Florida Puerto Rico District) Program Manager - Planning
and Traffic Engineering, AECOM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Kristi M. Sebastian, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Great Lakes District), Traffic Engineer,
Dakota County, Apple Valley, MN, USA

Daniel Przychodzki (M)

(Global District) Team Leader, Transport,
City of Greater Dandenong, Victoria, Australia

Jeff Riegner, P.E., AICP, PTOE (F)

(Mid-Colonial District), Vice President,
Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Wilmington, DE, USA

J. Andrew Swisher, P.E., PTOE (M)

(Missouri Valley District) Project Manager,
HR Green, Inc., Des Moines, IA, USA

Karen E. Aspelin, P.E., PTOE (F)

(Mountain District), Principal, MaxGreen
Transportation Engineers, LLC, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

Gordon E. Meth, P.E., PTOE, PTP, RSP1 (F)

(Northeastern District) Transportation Engineering
Expert Witness, Robson Forensic, Cedar Knolls, NJ, USA

K. Scott Walker, Jr., P.E. (M)

(Southern District), Project Leader,
Toyota Motor North America, Georgetown, KY, USA

Melisa D. Finley, P.E. (M)

(Texas District), Research Engineer,
Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX, USA

Cathy Leong, P.E. (F)

(Western District), Associate Director,
Wilson Okamoto Corporation, Honolulu, HI, USA

Mark Spencer, P.E. (F)

(Western District), Senior Principal,
W-Trans, Oakland, CA, USA

Ex-Officio Members
Eric Rensel (M)

(Coordinating Council Chair) Vice President,
Gannett Fleming, Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

Abbas Mohaddes, P.E. (F)

(Industry Council Chair)
President and COO, Econolite, Anaheim, CA, USA

A colleague and I recently completed a webinar for city
supervisors focused on innovation. The City of Henderson, NV,
USA has been working to document employees' efforts during the
pandemic, capture successes and lessons learned, and maintain
momentum. Necessity prompted a lot of change, not only to
adopt technology, but to revamp processes. Possible parallels
exist to ITE as an organization, as well as similar potential for
innovative transformations. As the world emerges from the
pandemic, organizations will not be returning to pre-COVID
ALYSSA A.
status quo, and it is possible to harness the crisis-mandated
RODRIGUEZ, P.E., PTOE (F)
energy and flexibility.
ITE International President
Virtual is likely here to stay. Audiences broaden through
digital means to include rural and geographically dispersed members. Time commitments
also shrink when no travel is required, and a meeting can be squeezed in between other
commitments and deadlines. Each ITE District, Section, and Chapter (D-S-C) adapts
the technology to its needs, and can document data on the best platforms, practices, and
engagement tools. The challenge will be balancing virtual options with the interpersonal
benefits of in-person events.
In addition to mixing virtual and in-person meetings, novel variety can be derived through
choice of times, days of the week, location, topic, and format. Each iteration may appeal
to different participants possibly attracting members from non-traditional fields beyond
engineering and planning. Further, variety adds excitement.
Each member brings their whole self to the organization, and experiences outside of ITE
may contribute to new and unique event features. My alumni association conducted etiquette
training, not to learn manners, but to learn how to make your guests feel comfortable and
welcome, and that has contributed to my perspective on inclusion. A colleague applies her
experiences as a young mother to conference planning for her District.
With members beyond the leadership developing ideas, it is critical to empower them
and delegate. In many D-S-Cs, a single leader is assigned the task of developing the technical
program. It may be useful to assign the task to a variety of groups, particularly if they have an
idea for a function that has never been tried. Ownership of an event can create affiliation with
the organization. As a possibility, a local Student Chapter may plan and facilitate an activity for
the professionals.
Documenting lessons learned can improve iteration and facilitate sharing among D-S-Cs.
A caution is needed here, though. We shouldn't assume that because an event wasn't successful
in the past, that it may not be possible in the future. Malcolm Gladwell offered the following
wisdom in his Revisionist History podcast- " Principles are a product of past experience. " As
such, they cannot be unquestioningly applied to future situations.
The first goal under the membership section of the strategic plan states: To be the preferred
choice for members from all disciplines and at all stages of their careers. The first task is to
develop creative and innovative ways to recruit and retain members, particularly during global
events such as COVID-19. I would posit that the potential exists during the pandemic recovery
and needs to be harnessed.

Institute of Transportation Engineers
1627 Eye Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006 USA
Telephone: +1 202-785-0060 | Fax: +1 202-785-0609

www.ite.org

4

Ma rch 2021

i te j o urnal

Alyssa A. Rodriguez, P.E., PTOE (F)
ITE International President


http://www.ite.org

ITE Journal - March 2021

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ITE Journal - March 2021

ITE Journal - March 2021 - 1
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 2
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 3
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 4
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 5
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 6
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 7
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 8
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 9
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 10
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 11
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 12
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 13
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 14
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 15
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 16
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 17
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 18
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 19
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 20
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 21
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 22
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 23
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 24
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 25
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 26
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 27
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 28
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 29
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 30
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 31
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 32
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 33
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 34
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 35
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 36
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 37
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 38
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 39
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 40
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 41
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 42
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 43
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 44
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 45
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 46
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 47
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 48
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 49
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 50
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 51
ITE Journal - March 2021 - 52
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ite-journal-july-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ite-journal-june-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ite-journal-may-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ite-journal-april-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_Mar2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_Jan2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_Dec2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_Nov2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_Oct2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_Sept2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_Aug2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_July2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_June2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_May2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_April2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_March2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_February2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_January2020
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/ITE_December2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G110939_ITE_November2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G110110_ITE_October2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G110109_ITE_September2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G108559_ITE_August2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G108250_ITE_July2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G107225_ITE_June2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G104039_ITE_May2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G104038_ITE_April2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G104036_ITE_March2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G103582_ITE_February2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G102868_ITE_January2019
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G100155_ITE_December2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G100154_ITE_November2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G99495_ITE_October2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G98028_ITE_September2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G97366_ITE_August2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G96287_ITE_July2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G94315_ITE_June2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G93877_ITE_May2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G93065_ITE_Apr2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G91484_ITE_Mar2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G89434_ITE_Feb2018
https://www.nxtbook.com/ygsreprints/ITE/G86608_ITE_Jan2018
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com