Student Conferences

OTREC students participate in transportation conferences including the student-organized Region X Student Transportation conference. Students from OTREC campuses are always well represented at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, with 50 OTREC students presenting their work at the 2013 conference.

Region X Student Conference

The Region X Student Transportation Conference is a showcase for student transportation research in the Pacific Northwest (Federal Region X) which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. Region X serves as a microcosm of transportation for the entire country, with a diversity of modes, infrastructure systems, and area types that make it a prime testing ground for studies in transportation operations and planning.

Past Region X Student Conferences have been held at the University of Washington (2003 & 2008), Portland State University (2004, 2007, 2011) and the University of Oregon (2009) and Oregon State University (2010). The conference is entirely run for and by students. Students are able to present their research and exchange ideas with their peers in an environment that does not exist in the classroom or in other conferences. The conference includes both student presentations and a poster session to showcase the great student-led transportation research being done in the Northwest.

The 2012 conference was hosted by Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP), the Portland State University Student Chapter of ITE; it was sponsored by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium.


News on OTREC participation in the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, including student participation, is here.