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Transportation Student Association History
Prior to June, 1997, Iowa State University students had not considered having a student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) or the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS/A). Most students interested in transportation believed that an ITE or ITS/A chapter would interfere with the existing American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter.
However, ISU did have a group called the Transportation Society (TranSoc) that was composed of graduate students with majors that included Civil Engineering, Community and Regional Planning, Transportation Logistics, and Economics. The organization was loosely formed and conducted monthly meetings at which members presented their research projects.
Attendance at TranSoc meetings dwindled to just a handful of members, and in June 1997 it was decided that the group needed a legitimate and professional affiliation to provide: 1) professional membership and career opportunities for members, and 2) a means by which to promote the growing, inter-departmental transportation programs at Iowa State. The idea was conceived to form a transportation organization that included ITE and ITS-A membership.
That organization is now the Transportation Student Association.