ITS in Academics

ITS University Workshop #4
September 22-23, 2016 | ITS America Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Day 2 Presentation | September 23, 2016

The Need

Presenter: Andy Berthaume
Presenter's Org: Volpe

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Slide 1: The Need

What do today’s and tomorrow’s entry-level ITS professionals need to know, and what abilities should they be armed with?


  • Critical Thinking
  • Creative Problem Solving
    Traditional problem solving methods/approaches taught in STEM programs may not always yield the optimal solution. ITS professionals would benefit from a diverse background/experiences to draw from when problem solving. This may involve experiences outside the traditional STEM curriculum.
  • Clear, Concise, and Effective Communication
    Not just clear wording, but communicating the right content to the right audiences using the right mechanisms. (For example, you wouldn’t tell a decision-maker about the technical details; you’d tell them about the benefits of the system).


  • Emerging Technologies
    What are they, how do they work, how can they enhance an existing system, how does someone obtain them, and how does someone integrate them into an existing system.
  • Established terminology
  • Established frameworks, processes, & approaches for the design, operation, & maintenance of ITS systems.
    About them, what they contain, how to apply them, and any specialized knowledge required to use them. [Examples: SEP (USDOT); Con-Op Standard (IEEE)]
  • Standards

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Michelle Noch
ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
U.S. Department of Transportation



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