Author: Julie Ross

Idea Pitch Competition – Registration Now Open

Do you have an innovative idea that could disrupt the norm and redefine “business as usual”? If so, we invite you to showcase your innovation at the upcoming Fall 2023 Idea Pitch Competition. Register here

Date and Time: October 11, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Great Lakes Research Center, Room 202

At the Idea Pitch Competition, you will have a platform to present your groundbreaking idea in an engaging community setting. Each contestant will have THREE MINUTES to captivate the audience and judges with their visionary ideas. Judges will vote to select top pitches and award cash prizes to the top contestants:

  • First place: $200
  • Second place: $100
  • Third place: $50
  • Honorable mention: $25 
  • Audience favorite: $25

Pitch Deck Submissions Due: October 9, 2023 (Send to

Live Pitch Event: October 11, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Internship/Co-op: Team Elmers

Co-op or Internship

This is a temporary position involving various duties that permit exposure to the student’s field of study and/or provide experience that is a useful addition to the student’s education and meaningful preparation for future professional employment. Internships are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are pursuing degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. In-the-field work includes but is not limited to daily take-offs, tracking quantities, day-to-day communication with inspectors, supporting the Project Manager and possibly overseeing the project for the Project Manager. In-the-office work includes but is not limited to site visits, take-offs from plans, attending pre-bid meetings and bid openings, placing field quantities into a spreadsheet, managing contract paperwork and documentation, organizing contract files, etc.

The Co-o/Internship program has four major objectives:

  1. Create a remarkable learning and professional experience for interns so that they
    will think enthusiastically about construction and what they have learned about
    the highway/heavy construction industry.
  2. Provide interns with a practical, hands-on learning experience where they will be
    directly involved in the work.
  3. Create a pipeline for the best of the best employees to join Team Elmer’s upon
    graduation from college.
  4. Keep Team Elmer’s Division Managers in touch with the new generation of
    workers and provide a superior group of candidates to preview.

If interested, please send your resume to Cindy Karker,, HR Manager for Team Elmer’s, or apply on their website,, or through Indeed.

Scholarship: 2024 SmithGroup J.E.D.I. Scholarships

SmithGroup is now accepting applications for the 2024 SmithGroup Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (J.E.D.I.) Scholarship program. The scholarship’s mission is to provide students from historically underrepresented groups with opportunities to pursue their academic and professional goals while also working to create a more diverse and inclusive design industry.

The scholarship provides a one-time award of $6,000 to five students studying either architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning or engineering, to help offset their tuition. Each recipient will also serve as a paid summer intern at any SmithGroup office in the United States where their discipline is located.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, November 30, 2023. Please share this scholarship opportunity with faculty, staff and students at your institution to encourage eligible students to apply.

Further information about the scholarship, eligibility and requirements is available in the application portal.
Scholarship Application
Please send any questions about the scholarship program to

Scholarship: Great Lakes ITE Student Scholarship

Great Lakes ITE Student Scholarship Application Open!

The GLITE Student Scholarships are back! The District is awarding two scholarships of $1,000 each in 2024 (one to Undergraduate Students and one to Graduate Students). Check out the applications attached to apply! Application deadline is December 29, 2023, but don’t delay in getting in on this chance to receive some of this value provided by the District!

Undergraduate Application
Graduate Application

Transportation Seminar – October 6th

Dr. Bill Sproule, Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering


Abstract: World Fairs have been forgotten by most who live in North America because the last one was held in 1986 in Vancouver, Canada. However, they are still being held in other countries on specific themes. The 20th Century World’s Fairs were major events celebrated in the host city and the world, and transportation exhibits and projects were always a popular feature of these expositions. The presentation will explore the history of World’s Fairs and the transportation innovations that have amazed Fair attendees through the years.

Bio: Dr. Bill Sproule is a Professor Emeritus at Michigan Technological University, where he taught and directed research projects in transportation engineering, traffic safety, public transit, airport planning and design, and hockey history for almost 25 years. He has been active in several professional associations including ASCE, ITE, TRB, the American Planning Association, and the Society for International Hockey Research. Bill retired five years ago but has continued his work in automated people movers and hockey history.

Friday, October 6 2023 3PM, Dow 873

Today’s CareerFEST Employers

The following employers will be on campus for today’s CareerFEST (11 am – 2 pm)! They will be setting up under the tents on the DHH Lawn. Please help us welcome them!

  • Alliance Laundry Systems LLC
  • DLZ Corporation
  • David Mason + Associates
  • Gentex Corporation
  • H.B. Carbide
  • Husco
  • KFI Engineers
  • Marathon Petroleum Company LP
  • Meyer Contracting Inc.
  • Pixelle Specialty Solutions
  • Plexus Corp.
  • Precision Planting – R&D / Engineering
  • R.A. Smith Inc.
  • Road Commission for Oakland County
  • Stream Live – Music Intern Accelerator
  • Systems Control
  • The Foth Companies
  • U.P. Engineers & Architects
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.

Scholarship: Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association (WTBA)Scholarship

WTBA opens applications for 2024 construction engineering scholarships

From learning complicated mathematics, to IT and computer skills, and understanding the precision and accuracy required to run heavy machinery – there is no shortage of challenges the transportation construction builders of thefuture face in earning their degrees.

Paying for their education shouldn’t be one of them.

It’s why today the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association (WTBA) and its WTBA of Tomorrow Board proudly opened applications for a new round of construction engineering scholarships.

Students studying civil or construction engineering, construction technology, construction management, or related programs at UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, UW-Stout, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering or Michigan Tech are eligible to apply for WTBA’s $5,000 Engineering Scholarships.

Students studying any of the above-mentioned programs at Madison College, Chippewa Valley, Mid-State, Northeastern Wisconsin, or Milwaukee Area technical colleges are eligible to apply for WTBA’s $3,000 Engineering Scholarships.

“Every year, WTBA awards scholarships to some of the brightest students in Wisconsin,” WTBA of Tomorrow Chairman Matt Golden said.  “The scholarship applications we receive illustrate the diversity of well qualified candidates, promising a great future for the transportation industry.”

In addition to filling out the online application, students must upload two (2) letters of recommendation, their most recent college transcript, and a cover letter detailing their passion for transportation construction and why they believe they are deserving of a WTBA scholarship. 

In 2023, seven students won WTBA scholarships, which were awarded and celebrated during the annual Contractor-Engineer Conference in Wisconsin Dells in January.  You can hear from all of those winners here:

Find more information and the application page here:

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 10, 2023.