Educational Initiatives

As part of its mission to help train the transportation workforce of tomorrow, C2SMART supports and participates in numerous educational initiatives at its member institutions. Through special events, student-led organizations, and mentoring programs, the center provides K-12 through graduate students with valuable learning opportunities.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about C2SMART’s work with ITS and ITE student chapters, the Vertically Integrated Projects Program, K-12 mentoring and research programs, and more.


ITE/ITS helps students to develop their networking skills and connect with professionals in the Tristate area


ITE Student Chapter

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. The ITE-NYU is part of the ITE Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey.  Formed in 1945 and represented by over 800 transportation engineers and planners, the ITE Met Section provides members in the New York/New Jersey area with a network of local transportation professionals who are dedicated to the betterment of the local infrastructure to provide harmonious movement of goods and travelers. To join the ITE Student Chaper at Tandon, click here. Membership is free for all students.

NYU-ITE E-board 2019-2020

President: Bruno Chede Cunha, Mateo Leon
Vice-President: Suzana D. Bernardes
TreasurerLogan J. Wagner
Programming Coordinator: Martin Buce
Secretary: Siva Sooryaa Muruga Thambiran

Faculty Advisor: Jack Bringardner


Being an ITE Student Chapter Member means not only are you one step closer to being a transportation professional, but you are in constant interaction with new and exciting ideas, theories, resources and individuals not only in the local, but national and international level as well. There are several other benefits of joining NYU ITE:

  • Spur interest, share ideas and foster discussion around multi-disciplinary transportation issues and emerging technologies
  • Stay up to date on smart cities and transportation events around NYC (Regular email newsletter)
  • Host events and provide a platform for students to network with each other, faculty and industry professionals
  • Provide internship and career opportunities for students
  • Connect with NYU’s Tier 1 University Transportation Center (C2SMART)

NYU ITE takes great pride in our student members taking initiative and leading from the front in terms of event creation, organization and management at the Metrotech campus. We allow our students to take charge and develop leadership skills so they can succeed as transportation professionals.

To see past events conducted by the NYU ITE chapter, along with ITS chapter, please click on the Past Events tab above.

Students can also join the ITE parent organization here. For undergraduate students, membership is free of cost and for graduate students, it is $30 per year.

ITS Student Chapter

A student chapter of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, this multi-disciplinary student club seeks to promote interest in intelligent transportation issues, create opportunities for student leadership, and build networks between students at different schools, faculty, and industry. To join the ITS Student Chapter at Tandon click here. Membership is free for all students.

Both the student chapters are always connected with students on social media. Check out some recent posts below from our Twitter and Instagram feeds to get informed of our recent events.

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program

The VIP program provides a multi-year, integrated approach to learning that emphasizes project-based, interdisciplinary, research-active education. It provides an opportunity to learn and practice professional skills while making real-world contributions.

VIP Smart Cities Technology (C2SMART)

This project-based course will form research teams that design and prototype technological innovations to address the needs of smart cities. This technology will be designed within the context of the data collection and processing network essential to connected cities. This VIP course will coordinate with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and CUSP.

The team will research the needs of smart cities related to the technical issues outlined in the Report to the President “Technology and the Future of Cities” with an emphasis on transportation including: cities, vehicles, infrastructure, and transportation users. These sub-teams will develop hardware, software, data analysis, application, and project management of their problem definition.

For more information, click about VIP click here.

The VIP teams supported by C2SMART are:

NYC Clean Feet

The team will conduct a planning exercise for the location of new solar EV charging stations to accommodate the planned EV fleet expansion. The team will also investigate solar canopy deployment designs for the EVs coming on line.


This project-based course will form research teams that design and prototype technological innovations to help the NYC Fleet Division of the New York City Department of Citywide Administration (DCAS) implement Mayor de Blasio’s Clean Fleet Plan, announced in 2015 (to be provided), calling for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the municipal fleet 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2035, which is an earlier goal than the 80×50 goal that applies citywide.

One area of interest to DCAS is the potential to use solar canopies for EV charging as a way to build on its work in sustainable transport because battery electric vehicles charged on solar energy would have zero operating emissions.  The ultimate goal of this project is using the City’s fleet operations to demonstrate an implementable carbon free transport system and provide cleaner air while obviating the need for more power generation.

About the Team.

Faculty Advisor: Joseph Chow

NYU Smart Cities Technology

VIP Smart Cities Technology focuses on the needs of efficient and effective urban environments with an emphasis on transportation, energy distribution and the quality of life of city inhabitants. The VIP is broken into 3 sub-teams, listed below, which research specific problems within today’s cities. Using hardware, software, data analysis, and the design process, students working in the VIP strive to create innovative solutions that are currently affecting cities and address issues that may arise in the future.


This project-based course consists of research teams that design and prototype technological innovations to address the needs of innovative urban environments. Through data collection and analysis of this data, students aim to improve the current quality of life of city inhabitants and help ensure the increased efficiency of urban environments.

Faculty Advisor: Jack Bringardner


NYU Hyperloop

The team will conduct research on a variety of engineering disciplines relating to the manufacturing of the pod including propulsion, structures, feedback & control, material science, electronics and electrical systems. In parallel, a business and civil engineering sub-team will determine the feasibility of implementing a hyperloop-type system in New York.

NYU Self Drive

This is a field in which a lot of research is proprietary and inaccessible. Big companies invest a lot of capital per car to buy precise sensors and equipment to work with. We have been able to come up with several solutions on our own by optimizing the limited available resources. A lot of work in this industry is done on cars especially developed for self-driving purpose but we have been able to learn and modify the mechanism to transform a golf-cart, little beetle into a machine built for autonomy. The most exciting aspect in our field is that there is no industry standard for self-driving cars. We are at a breakthrough point where we come up with unique ideas and execute them accordingly to form a product that can revolutionize the automotive industry.

Faculty Advisor: Chen Feng

NYU Urban LiDAR and Remote Sensing

The team will research solutions to address the uniquely 3D challenges inherent in converting massive LiDAR point clouds into actionable insights for improving urban life. These challenges include spatial data indexing, parallelization of 3D data storage and querying, automatic change detection, multi-modal data integration, deconvolution of full waveform data, and the development of effective user interfaces to support the use of this exciting new data.

Faculty Advisor: Debra Laefer

Applied Research Innovations in Science and Engineering (ARISE)

This full-time, seven week program is for academically strong, current 10th and 11th grade New York City students with a demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The program includes college level workshops and seminars, a high level research experience in participating NYU faculty labs, and mentoring in that placement by a graduate or postdoctoral student. Learn More

NYU ITE Student Chapter Events

All events have been cancelled in the light of COVID-19 pandemic.


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Past ITE/ITS Events

ITE/ITS Women in Transportation Forum Spring 2021

This is custom heading element On February 24th, the NYU ITE/ITS Student Chapter hosted the third annual Women in Transportation panel. The event started with a short Trivia game about women representation in the transportation field. The panelists shared their advice for women to succeed in leadership positions, their experiences with gender inequality, and gave…

ITE/ITS Student Chapter Joint Kick-off and GameNight Event

On February 17th, the NYU ITE/ITS Student Chapter held its kickoff meeting for the Spring semester of the 2020-21 academic year. The event started with an introduction of the new Eboard members, general functions and resources provided by ITE , entrepreneurship and research opportunities offered by the C2SMART Center and targeted recruitment of new members.…

Running Successful Student Chapters: Experiences from NYU and Cal Poly SLO

This is custom heading element On Tuesday, January 26, current ITE co-President, Logan Wagner and former chapter President Jannie Gao hosted a webinar on running successful ITE student chapters, along with Katie Lee and Cody Lim from Cal Poly SLO. The hosts shared anecdotal experiences of the two chapters in recent years and recommendations for…

NYU-ITE Tech & Career Talks with Mike Salatti

This is custom heading element On December 3, the NYU-ITE Student Chapter held another installment of the ongoing Tech & Career Talks series with Mike Salatti, Vice President, Transportation Services at GPI. He discussed basics such as the cost of getting work, responding to RFPs, and making a profit. Salatti also shared tips on writing Competitive Proposals and…

C2SMART Hosts TransportationCamp 2020

TransportationCamp 2020 TransportationCamp NYC 2020 returned to C2SMART and NYU Tandon to foster open conversations on mobility and collaborate to address the radical changes experienced by transportation globally. Transportation Camp is an unconference–unlike a traditional conference, the specific session topics were determined by participants, which provided each attendee an opportunity to lead and shape the…

Fall 2020 Transportation Student Welcome

Fall 2020 Transportation Student Welcome C2SMART welcomed new, and returning, transportation students to the Fall 2020 academic year with this virtual kick-off event. Students learned about C2SMART and new opportunities for student research and entrepreneurship including: an upcoming hackathon using industry or agency transportation data, a grant competition for student-run entrepreneurship, funding for student-driven implementation…

NYU is now accepting Fall 2021 applications for Master’s programs in Transportation Planning & Engineering and Transportation Management. NYU offers graduate degrees and advanced certificate programs designed to equip students with diverse course offerings with generous financial aid.

Some of the courses in the transportation Master’s programs include:

• Intelligent Transportation Systems and Their Applications
• Travel Behavioral Informatics
• Data-driven Mobility Modeling & Simulation
• Management of Urban Traffc Congestion
• Urban Transportation & Logistics Systems

Furthermore, NYU has an active Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter, being the worldwide recipient for both the Student Chapter Achievement Award and the Student Chapter Momentum Award in recognition of outstanding achievement. NYU is also home to the C2SMART USDOT University Transportation Center that uses cities as living laboratories to study challenging transportation problems and find solutions from the unprecedented recent advances in communication and smart technologies.