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   The Penn State student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) won first place in the Mid-Colonial District regional ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl and placed third at the international competition in Austin, Texas. The contests pitted teams against each other in rounds of questions, answers, and clues related to transportation planning and
engineering. The ITE established the events to encourage students to become more active members, to enhance their knowledge of the traffic/transportation engineering and planning profession, to strengthen the programs of the ITE student chapters, and to foster a collegial spirit among the students and professionals.
The Penn State student chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) was named an ACI Outstanding University for 2019. The award recognizes universities that actively participate in ACI-related activities and programs. This is the third time in four years that the chapter has received this designation, in addition to an ACI Excellent Award in 2015. Each university seeking recognition must submit an entry form detailing their activities for the year. The ACI then may identify a chapter as either excellent or outstanding based on a points system that rewards total chapter membership, community service and participation by both students and faculty in ACI competitions and conferences.
  Three undergraduate students studying civil engineering at Penn State were honored with the top prize for their work in the Inaugural Northeast Regional Council
Mix Competition, sponsored by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA). The award presentation was held Jan. 21, 2020 during
the 60th annual Pennsylvania
APA Conference at the Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Zachariah Abbas, Victor Cai, and Carly-Cliff Derosier, along with Conner McInerney, a spring 2019 materials science and engineering graduate, challenged teams from
Columbia University, Manhattan College, and University of Rhode Island. The goal was to create a mix using a 12.5-mm maximum size aggregate for an 8-million- equivalent single-axle load (ESAL) roadway with 20% reclaimed asphalt pavement. Additionally, each submission needed to
meet the design requirements
of each school’s department of transportation in each respective state. Each of the students received $250 for their work
on the project. The team also received a trophy, which stays with Penn State until next year’s event.
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