Welcome to the website for the Lincoln-Omaha-Council Bluffs Association of Transportation Engineers (LOCATE). LOCATE is a local chapter of the Missouri Valley section of ITE (MOVITE).
LOCATE is organization comprised of professionals in many areas of transportation including but not limited to: traffic engineering, roadway design, transportation planning, public transit, active transportation, safety, intelligent transportation systems, and technology. The chapter hosts a wide variety of events throughout the year, which are described below.
Professional Development – LOCATE offers members regular opportunities to expand their professional knowledge across a wide variety of topics. These opportunities are provided in several different formats to accommodate members’ needs and schedules, such as lunch meetings, one-day technical conferences, and hour-long webinars. The meetings also provide the opportunity for members to gather and discuss current and relevant topics with other members.
Networking Opportunities – Membership in LOCATE is a great way to network with your fellow professionals. Not only do members have the opportunity to network with other transportation professionals via LOCATE events, but LOCATE sponsors joint meetings with American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Nebraska Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), which provide expanded networking resources for its members. In addition, LOCATE sponsors non-technical events such as golf-outings, donut meetings, or mini-golf outings to network with members in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Safe Driving Campaign – In 2007, MOVITE challenged LOCATE and the other local chapters in the section to “make a difference” in their regions. From this challenge, a safe-driving campaign for teens, since renamed “DriveSmart,” was developed. To date, the campaign has been presented to over 10,000 high school students in the LOCATE area. The program is coordinated and run entirely by volunteers within the LOCATE Chapter. The program is designed not only to highlight the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, but also to promote the role of engineers in designing and building a safe transportation system, and encourage students to consider a career in engineering. Learn more about DriveSmart here (link).
Student Outreach and Academic Support – The LOCATE Chapter works closely with the ITE Student Chapter at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. LOCATE holds an annual event, dubbed the “Meet & Greet,” through which LOCATE coordinates a mini career fair that connects members firms with students working to obtain a degree in transportation engineering. This event provides an opportunity to for LOCATE members to recruit potential new employees, provides students an opportunity to talk directly with practicing engineers and learn more about employment opportunities in the LOCATE area, and finally, raises money for the Dr. Pat McCoy Fund For Engineering Excellence, which is an endowed fund that provides scholarships for students in transportation engineering. In 2015, LOCATE was proud to contribute over $2,000 to the McCoy Fund.