“Transpo” is a conference and exhibition held every October by the Intelligent Transportation Society of Florida (ITS Florida), which is attended by academics, professional transportation engineers, and transportation students from around the state. This year, Transpo 2012 was jointly organized by ITS Florida in conjunction with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), who used it as an opportunity to host their ITE District 10 Awards Banquet in conjunction with the ITS Florida Awards.
In addition to honoring a wealth of transportation professionals during the awards ceremony, ITE and ITS Florida bestowed a total of five awards to Florida transportation students or student organizations. Four of those five awards went to transportation students from FIU.
The FIU ITE Student Chapter was named Best Florida Chapter, continuing its winning tradition. Eileen Cabrera, a graduate student pursuing her Master’s Degree on assistantship with Dr. Mohammed Hadi, won the 2012 ITS Florida Scholarship. Jinyan Lu, a doctoral student studying under Dr. Albert Gan, was named the recipient of the 2012 William “Bill” McGrath Student Scholarship and the winner of the Henry P. Boggs Student Paper Award, and her student poster came in second place in the overall Student Poster competition.