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2015 October 2nd Transtalk

October 20, 2015

Professor Adam Boies came and gave an exciting talk about the VW emissions “defeat device”. The device/software allowed VW vehicles to pass EPA emission regulations during test cycles, but turned off emission controls for real world driving! . Students provided many questions, and pizza was provided.


ITSO Board Election and October 2015 TransTalk

September 29, 2015

New ITSO board members will be elected in the next meeting on Friday 10/2/2015 at noon in CE202. Students (both graduate and undergraduate) who are interested in participating in transportation activities are encouraged to attend the meeting. For more information about ITSO and its board member positions see About ITSO.

The election meeting will coincide with the October 2015 TransTalk, in which Dr. Adam Boies will present on his research on Transportation and Energy.

Free pizza and soda will be provided.

2014 May 2nd TransTalk

May 2, 2014

James Vierling from car2go Minneapolis came and gave an exciting talk about car2go and car sharing in general. car2go is a car sharing company that is located in many cities worldwide, and just launched in Minneapolis last October with hopes to soon expand into St. Paul. Students provided many questions, and pizza was provided.Image

Annual ITSO Social May 1st

May 1, 2014

ITSO held its annual social event at Stub & Herbs. Many students were in attendance, about 30 graduate and undergraduates in total! The food was good, as was the social networking atmosphere. Food and non-alcoholic beverages were provided.ImageImageImage

2014 April 18th TransTalk

April 18, 2014

Mike Martinez, Scott Burfeind, Nick Stadem, and Natalie Lindsoe from HDR gave a TransTalk outlining the various disciplines within transportation engineering. The talk was ideal for sophomores and juniors in civil engineering and transportation fields because it provided a basis of understanding for students who are interested in transportation, but don’t know in what area to focus. Many students begin their undergraduate career not wanting or thinking they will end up in transportation only to find out their interests are very related to the field of transportation. This transtalk laid groundwork to help younger students understand the various disciplines of transportation.


2014 April 4 TransTalk

April 4, 2014

On April 4th MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle gave a special TransTalk. The talk focused primarily on MnDOT, it’s current work and upcoming plans. MnDOT recently revisited their goals and initiatives. Mr. Zelle said they had over 120 goals they were simultaneously working on achieving. They have restructured their goals and now have about 5 primary goals.

He also talked about how they can operate sustainabily and how he sees our future as more multi-modal.


2014 March TransTalk

March 7, 2014


Brian Smalkoski from Kimley-Horn gave a comprehensive presentation on the Southeastern Minnesota Freight Rail Capacity Study carried out by Kimley-Horn. Currently freight rail runs entirely through Rochester, MN, in southeast Minnesota. As freight rail demand increases in the area, there is considerable interest to construct a rail to bypass the city. Various proposals were shown, with their relative benefits and costs.


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