September 2021 Meeting Highlights

A virtual section meeting was held on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. President Kelly Akasaki welcomed everyone to the meeting. ITE Western District International Director Cathy Leong announced the upcoming ITE Joint Western District Sections Fall Technical Webinar Series titled, “What You Knew is Changing”. Additional information about this series is provided below. Cathy also revealed that registration for the 2022 ITE Western District Annual Meeting in Palm Springs is open and they are currently accepting papers and topics.

Michelle Agustin, Student Chapter Professional Liaison, provided a summary of the joint ITE, ASCE and SWE UH Resume and Interview Workshop. The event was a success with 19 professionals helping 55 students prepare for the upcoming Career Fair. Thank you to all our volunteers!

Secretary-Treasurer Keoni Wasano announced that the 2022 Hawaii Section board election ballots were emailed, and votes should be received by October 26, 2021.

Vice President Jasmine Teramae-Kaehuaea introduced the guest speaker, Aki Marceau, Director – Electrification of Transportation with Hawaiian Electric. Aki’s presentation focused on the current initiatives HECO is working on to shift toward clean energy and electrified transportation. They are working with several public and private entities to support electric city and school buses, electric fleet vehicles, improve the state’s electrical infrastructure, and update their 10-year strategic roadmap. Lastly, she demonstrated how the Charge Up Hawaii website allows for public input to make sure EV charging stations are reliable, conveniently located, and accessible to everyone. Aki’s presentation is available through the ITE Hawaii Section website. HECO is hiring for a few positions in their Electrification of Transportation (EoT) division and invite those interested to visit their careers page.

ITE Joint Western District Sections
Fall Technical Webinar Series – What You Knew is Changing

Everyone knows how to set speed limits, use the MUTCD, plan for a speed hump and design signs – right? Well things are changing and fast. With the completion of NCHRP 17-76, work underway with the MUTCD NPA and ITE’s Speed Hump guide refresh on the horizon, as ITE members you might want to peek in on the work behind the scenes to change/update these every day.

Our goal with this webinar series is to provide opportunities for ITE members to learn about new developments, understand multiple perspectives, and leave with applicable insights to help you with your work in the future as the change rolls out. The Western District presents an ITE Joint Sections five-part technical series hosted by the San Diego Section starting October 13th. Each session in this series will focus on a current technical topic with each session conveniently scheduled over lunch time (noon to 1:00 PM Pacific). Registration is open to all ITE members for free (small registration fee for non-ITE members).

• October 13: Session 1: MUTCD Update – Part 1
• October 20: Session 2: Guidance for the Setting of Speed Limits
• October 27: Session 3: ITE Speed Humps Recommended Practice Update
• November 3: Session 4: CMS, DMS, VMS and Automated Vehicles
• November 10: Session 5: MUTCD Update – Part 2