The ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference will be Wednesday, September 28th & Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at the Mesa Convention Center. Registration links and the Call for Presentations are on the Conference page. We look forward to seeing you there!


ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference Registration

Registration is now open for the ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference!

The theme of this year’s conference is Connecting Mobility and Safety and it will be held on Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th at the Mesa Convention Center.

Registration links and the Call for Presentations are available on the Conference page.


ITSAZ/WTS Internship Opportunity with Valley Metro

In partnership with the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Metropolitan Phoenix Chapter, ITS Arizona has committed to support a summer internship at Valley Metro.  The partnership marks the second year in which the two organizations have combined resources to help provide on-the-job experience and mentoring to a young aspiring professional in the transportation and technology disciplines.  This year’s internship program will focus on transportation planning and sustainability.  Through this program, the intern will be encouraged and supported to explore the use of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology as a sustainability solution. 

Interested applicants who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Graduate Degree program in Urban Planning, Geography, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Public Administration or a related field are encouraged to apply before the deadline of May 20th, 2016.  A complete description of the internship opportunity, requirements, and application links are available on Valley Metro’s web site here: Valley Metro Planning and Sustainability Internship  

In addition to responsibilities at Valley Metro, the selected intern will be expected to fulfill the following commitments on behalf of ITSAZ and WTS:

  • Attend and observe ITSAZ and WTS Board Meetings
  • Prepare and deliver an industry relevant presentation at one event of each sponsoring organization (ITSAZ and WTS). A presentation abstract will be submitted to each organization’s Board of Directors for approval. 

ITS Arizona Technical Workshop – May 2016

The first ITS Arizona Technical Workshop of 2016 is scheduled for Thursday, May 12th, Noon -1pm, at the City of Mesa Transportation Training Room.

Lisa Parks, Marketing Manager for Grid Bike Share, will discuss the Grid Bike Share program, which is a great complement to light rail and is rapidly expanding throughout the valley.  Grid Bikes were first introduced to Phoenix in the fall of 2014, recently expanded to Mesa this spring and will ride into Tempe in the fall. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about this system and check out the bikes, and the technology behind them, in person.

Space is limited, so please register by May 9th to reserve your spot!


UA Researchers Demonstrate Connected Vehicle Technology

Researchers from the University of Arizona recently demonstrated their work at the Arizona Connected Vehicle Test Bed in Anthem, Arizona for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  Dr. Larry Head and his team recently completed the second phase of their $2 million research program with USDOT and MCDOT, and are currently pursuing funding for the project’s third phase, which will include instrumenting up to 20 percent of vehicles used by Anthem residents as well as freight trucks along SR85 in Phoenix.

For details, refer to the full article and a related video on MCDOT’s SmartDrive Program.


Arizona ITE & ITS Arizona Annual Joint Meeting

ITS Arizona’s annual joint meeting with Arizona ITE is scheduled for April 28th, from Noon-1pm at Valley Metro’s Operations & Maintenance Facility (605 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034).  Jay Yenerich, Manager of Design at Valley Metro, will be the featured speaker discussing “Transit and Traffic: A Look at Valley Metro’s System“. This will be followed by a tour of the facility that will take approximately 30 minutes.

Please RSVP for this event as soon as possible!


Save the Date!

The ITS Arizona 23rd Annual Conference will be held Wednesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 29th at the Mesa Convention Center, in Mesa, Arizona.  This year’s theme is Connecting Mobility and Safety and we’re looking forward to another great conference.  Look for the Call for Abstracts and more conference info coming soon to your inbox!


Employment Opportunity with the City of Mesa

The City of Mesa Transportation Department has an opening for an entry-level Transportation Engineer assigned within the Traffic Studies Group.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position and applications will be accepted through April 28th at 11:59PM.

Full details are available on the City’s Jobs site.


ITS Arizona Meeting at NAU

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On April 1st, ITS Arizona hosted a lunch meeting with students at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

ITS Arizona members Chris Lemka, Assistant City Traffic Engineer, and Steve McKenzie, ITS Engineer, both from the City of Peoria, spoke about the many ITS innovations that Peoria uses to manage their transportation network, including MaxView signal software, Gridsmart video detection, wireless detection and the InSync adaptive signal control system.  ITS Arizona Board Members Scott Miller, Sanjay Paul and Michelle Beckley also attended. It was a great meeting and provided the NAU students an excellent opportunity to ask questions of practicing ITS professionals, learn more about their diverse backgrounds and discuss the future of ITS.


ITS America Student Essay Competition


ITS America 2016

$1,000 Cash Prize, Entry Deadline: Friday May 6

(Washington, DC, March 28, 2016) – The ITS America 2016 San Jose Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Student Essay Competition will be sponsored again this year by Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®). The annual prize, to be awarded at ITS America 2016 San Jose on Sunday, June 12 during the ITS America Board of Directors meeting, encourages postsecondary students to take a leadership role in advancing transportation technology by sharing their own, unique concepts and ideas, as expressed via an original , self-authored 2,000-word essay. The contest is aimed at undergraduate and graduate-level students studying transportation, engineering, and public policy.

“This is the fifth year of our sponsorship and, happily, we continue to be impressed by the creativity of the student essays,” said Steve Dellenback, Ph.D., executive director of SwRI’s Automation and Data Systems Division. “These students are smartly positioning themselves for ever greater academic and professional success. They’re taking an active role now, helping to address the ITS industry challenges of today and tomorrow. They’re the future of this dynamic, exciting industry hungry for smart people with fresh, innovative ideas.”

Students’ essays are to focus on either of these topics:

  • “How do you envision the city of the future will address transportation through the use of new innovative technologies? (10-year horizon)”
  • “How can existing and future ITS deployments benefit from the existence of Big Data and advancements in analytics?”

The winning student will receive a $1,000 cash prize, complimentary registration to the ITS America 2016 San Jose event, and expenses-paid air travel and hotel accommodations for the venue. Selection of the winning essay is based on the thought-provoking insights expressed about the future of the intelligent transportation industry.

To be eligible, students must be postsecondary graduate or undergraduate level enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university. Contestants’ essays must be a Microsoft Word attachment formatted with one inch margins, single-spacing, and 12 point font submitted to no later than May 6, 2016.

The 2015 winning essays highlighted vehicle platooning, Bluetooth technology applied to roadways, and cooperative adaptive cruise control.

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) Automation and Data Systems provides engineering services in the definition, development, and maintenance of complex systems and equipments for government and industry.

ITS America 2016 San Jose is a new show representing this transformative moment in intelligent transportation. Innovators + Implementers. Tech + Transportation. It’s the Incubator of Next Generation ITS.

Integrated Mobility. Transportation Redefined.