Every spring, the Southern District of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (SDITE) sponsors an annual meeting for its members. This weekend extravaganza of presentations, displays, networking, contests and awards is the highlight of the year for our members. This meeting has all the camaraderie, entertainment, and educational opportunities the membership has come to expect. The first Annual Meeting was held in 1953 in conjunction with the Southern Safety Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia. The meetings are rotated between the Sections that make up the Southern District.
The SDITE Annual Meeting has a rich tradition of bringing over 300 transportation professionals from academia, government and private practice together to exchange practical ideas and experiences while socializing with colleagues, mentors, friends and family. The annual meeting includes numerous excellent technical sessions with engineering and planning tracks, a golf tournament, a social event sponsored by the Associated Business Division (ABD), spouse/guest program and a half-day professional development seminar.
The technical program, as always, keeps the membership informed of the latest innovations and current practices in the profession, while the ABD displays demonstrate the latest technologies. The Scholarship Challenge, known better as the traffic bowl, provides an opportunity for the undergraduate and graduate students to participate in a team competition of “transportation knowledge”. For the membership, it is a chance to root for our respective alma maters. However, one of the most rewarding aspects of the SDITE annual meeting is the renewal of old friendships and the making of new ones. SDITE is, in many ways, like a big family and each year the annual meeting is like a family reunion.
The grand finale of the annual meeting is the annual banquet. As part of the program, SDITE presents awards to the sections and student chapters for their efforts in the previous year as well as to members who have written noteworthy technical papers. SDITE also recognizes members who have advanced the transportation profession whether it was for their efforts over the past few years or a lifetime.