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Neil's contributions to ITE began at the state
level. He achieved presidency of the Texas
Section by 1973, and was elected to the
International Board representing District 5
(Southern District) in 1975. Neil helped to
initiate and guide the development of the
Transportation Technician Curriculum of ITE
through his service as a member of the Steering and Advisory Committee. He was also
named Transportation Engineer of the Year
for the Texas Section in 1975. During his term
as ITE International President in 1981, Neil initiated the Institute Voluntary Contributions
Program that provided nearly hundreds of
thousands of dollars to help fund programs
not able to be accomplished within ITE's
operating budget. Neil was also a member of
the Philanthropic Advisory Committee since
its formation, and served on the Task Force
on Transportation Engineering Education
and the Philanthropic Advisory and Steering
Committee.
In 1992, ITE named Neil an Honorary Member.
His achievements in the transportation field
have been inspiring to many colleagues, young
professionals, and students alike. ITE International Vice President Beverly Kuhn recently
reflected on these contributions in a post on
the ITE e-Community, providing several testimonials from those impacted by Dr. Rowan.
" What is repeated through many of these
memories, and which likely resonated with
every student who had the privilege to know
Dr. Rowan, is his genuine concern for students
and the value he placed on mentoring the
next generation of transportation professionals, " Beverly writes. " He was a rare individual
who impacted the careers of so many of us and
whose passing leaves a mark on us all. "

Freddie A. Vargas (M) of Parkland, FL, USA
passed away on September 27, 2020.
Kevin L. Jones, P.E., PTOE (M) of Kirkland,
WA, USA passed away on November 13,
2020.

Industry Updates
Henry ( " Hank " ) Gutman was recently
appointed as commissioner of the New
York City Department of Transportation
(NYCDOT). Mr. Gutman will lead the department through the last critical year of the
current administration as NYCDOT continues
with its essential life-saving work and help
the New York City recover from this challenging year.
Commissioner Gutman is an insightful
member of key infrastructure projects under
the Mayor's Brooklyn Queens Expressway
(BQE) Expert Panel, convened in 2019 and
2020. He is also Chair of the Brooklyn Navy
Yard, the city's largest industrial park, and
serves on the Board of Brooklyn Bridge Park,
helping create a world-class park on what
was previously abandoned waterfront. He
brings with him a wealth of civic experience,
a deep commitment to New York City and to
the department's mission, and a clear vision
for the vital role NYCDOT and its programs
play in New York City during its recovery and
in the long-term.

Member Updates
Rizwan Baig, P.E., PTOE, PTP (F) has been
appointed deputy chief engineer at the Port

Dr. Rowan's Legacy
Read Beverly Kuhn's full ITE
e-Community post, including quotes
from colleagues and mentees of
Dr. Rowan's, at http://bit.ly/NeilRowan.

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Authority of New York and New Jersey. In this
capacity, he will support the chief engineer
in the management of the day-to-day operations of the Engineering Department, which
provides architectural, engineering, asset
management, project delivery, and construction services that further the Port Authority's
critical infrastructure projects in the New
York-New Jersey Metropolitan Region. In his
30-year Port Authority career, leading to his
previous role as chief traffic engineer, Rizwan
proved himself to be a transportation industry leader, collaborating with both agency
stakeholders and regional partners to deliver
critical elements of complex agency projects.
Erik R. Maki, P.E., PTOE (M) has been
promoted to vice president of the Traffic
Engineering Group at Tetra Tech in Boston,
MA. Erik, a member of the New England Section of ITE, has 30 years of experience in the
transportation industry.
Thomas D. Polech, P.E. (M) was recently
promoted to chief of Traffic Signal Engineering and Operations for the Monroe County
Department of Transportation in Rochester,
NY, USA. As part of his duties, Thomas will
be responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of more than 630
traffic signals on Monroe County highways
and City of Rochester streets, including more
than 500 signals on the County's Advanced
Traffic Management System (ATMS). Thomas
is also concluding a six-year term on the
Executive Board of the ITE New York Upstate
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