Our Student Chapter

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)  is an international association of  transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. ITE facilitates the application of technology and scientific principles to research, planning, functional design, implementation, operation, policy development and management for any mode of ground transportation. Through its products and services, ITE promotes professional development of its members, supports and encourages education, stimulates research, develops public awareness programs and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information.


About the Chapter

ITE at UCLA is a student branch, established in 2006, of the professional association for Institute of Transportation Engineers.  For club events, we focus on information sessions and guest speakers, and meet bi-weekly as a club.  In addition, we organize field trips that will help students understand the need for transportation engineers.  Furthermore, we also actively engage ourselves and encourage our members to attend conferences and industry meet up.  We highly encourage you to attend our meetings, as you will not only expand your professional networking connections, but also broaden your exposure to the complex planning and needs in the engineering field.

As a UCLA student chapter of ITE, our goals includes:

  • Expose to and gain interest from students to the transportation field
  • Explores the transportation related career and professional opportunities through information sessions and guest speakers
  • Host field-trips that enhances student’s university experiences and add dept to student’s understanding of the field
  • Provide connections to professional networking via conferences and industry fairs to UCLA students


What is Transportation Engineering?

Transportation engineering is the utilization of technology and fundamental sciences to allow safe, fast, and affordable movement of peoples and goods from point A to point B. This involves various modes of transportation ie automobile, rail, cycle, etc. Transportation Engineering also involves the improvement of existing systems due to changes. It is a field within Civil Engineering that also encomposes other subcategories of transportation engineering such as highway, oceanic, and traffic.


Transportation Class information:

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department: CEE180 & CEE181

  • CEE180: Introduction to Transportation Engineering (Spring)
    General characteristics of transportation systems, including streets and highways, rail, transit, air, and water. Capacity considerations including time-space diagrams and queuing. Components of transportation system design, including horizontal and vertical alignment, cross sections, earthwork, drainage, and pavements.
  • CEE181: Traffic Engineering Systems: Operations and Control (Fall)
    Applications of traffic flow theories; data collection and analyses; intersection capacity analyses; simulation models; traffic signal design; signal timing design, implementation, and performance evaluation; Intelligent Transportation Systems concept, architecture, and integration.

Please note: CEE180 and CEE181 is offered in the spring and fall, respectively.  However, in the case of financial issues, CEE180 and CEE181 may be offered in a rotating   schedule. Such that, if CEE181 was offered during the fall of this year, CEE180 will be offered   the Spring of next year instead. Please plan accordingly and check the course schedules via   myUCLA website.

Other Departments classes which are transportation related (petition required):

  • URBN PL M206B: (Spring) Advanced Geographic Information Systems
    Principles and skills of geographic analysis and modeling; managing, processing, and interpreting spatial data. Especially useful for students interested in environmental, demographic, suitability, and transportation-related research.


National ITE:

Founded in 1930, ITE is a community of transportation professionals including, but not limited to transportation engineers, transportation planners, consultants, educators and researchers. Through meetings, seminars, publications and a network of nearly 17,000 members, working in more than 90 countries, ITE is your source for expertise, knowledge and ideas.

To learn about the national chapter of ITE, click this link: http://www.ite.org/aboutite/index.asp

Western ITE:

Western ITE shares new information to the members in the Western District of Institue of Transportation Engineers (ITE) on topics pertinent to transportation, and also informs the members of upcoming activities of the Western District. With WesternITE newsletter, members establish better communication and unity among themselves.

To learn more about Western ITE follow this link: http://westernite.org/aboutus/