February 5 , 2009
About the Event
Career expo draws strong interest
Eighty-two students attended the 2009 Transportation Career Expo to learn about transportation-related careers and job-hunting tips and network with potential employers.
The early-evening event, held February 5 on the east bank campus in Minneapolis, featured a new, shorter format with a single general-session panel discussion. After opening remarks from CTS assistant director Gina Baas, the panel was moderated by Shannon Tyree of the City of St. Paul, who also chairs the CTS Education and Outreach Council. Panelists were Cathy Anderson from CH Robinson, Ann Johnson from Professional Engineering Services and the U of M Department of Civil Enginering, Matt Gjersvik from Mn/DOT, and Jack Broz from HR Green.
The speakers discussed their backgrounds in transportation and offered tips and advice to the attendees. Panelists emphasized the unexpected, and encouraged students to be open and willing to try anything, especially in the current economic environment. “Things move fast and you have to be open to change,” Johnson said.
Also new this year, each of the 20 exhibitors introduced themselves to the full group and said a few words about their organizations.
Many students brought their résumés and received suggestions from volunteers Amber Nord of WTS, Michael Corbett of HDR Engineering, Inc., Darren Kaltved of the U of M Institute of Technology Career Center, and Joe Barbeau and Christina Miller of CTS.
The annual event is sponsored by the CTS Education and Outreach Council, the Women's Transportation Seminar, the Minnesota Local Road Research Board, Minnesota LTAP, the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute, and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
- Bolton and Menk, Inc.
- Braun Intertec Corporation
- C.H. Robinson
- CH2M Hill, Inc
- Federal Highway Administration
- HDR Engineering, Inc.
- HNTB Corporation
- Howard R. Green
- Iteris, Inc.
- Jacobs Engineering Group
- Metropolitan Council
- Minnesota Traffic Observatory
- MN Society of Professional Engineers
- Parsons Brinckerhoff
- SRF Consulting Group, Inc.
- URS Corporation