Alliance of Transportation Engineering Students
The Alliance of Transportation Engineering Students (ATES) is the umbrella under which two student chapters (ITE & ARTBA) perform. The major goal of the alliance is to promote the dissemination of knowledge and information related to transportation infrastructure and systems issues, problems and solutions. To achieve this goal, ATES will schedule a program of annual activities including technical meetings, field trips, and social functions.
The Alliance consists of the VT Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter and the Student Chapter of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). ITE is a national organization that is transportation systems and operations oriented, while the national ARTBA organization tends to place more emphasis on the design and construction of physical transportation infrastructure and facilities.
An underlying aim of having two transportation Student Chapters at VT with diverse interests and emphases is to ensure that all TISE students are served in a comprehensive, interdisciplinary manner and that Alliance activities strike an appropriate balance for the TISE systems students and the TISE infrastructure students. As a result, ATES believes that this allows the infrastructure and systems students to develop more effective networking mechanisms for job opportunities with the transportation construction industry as well as with transportation planning, management and operating organizations. Moreover, working under a single umbrella unit such as the Alliance could improve communication and interaction between TISE infrastructure and systems students and enhance the overall strength of the TISE graduate program.
For more information about VTSTA, visit: Virginia Tech Student Transportation Alliance