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SwRI sponsors Future Leaders Program at 2024 ITS America Conference & Expo

February 28, 2024 – Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and ITS Arizona are inviting college students to participate in the Future Leaders Program at this year’s ITS America Conference & Expo, April 22-25, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The Future Leaders Program allows the next generation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) leaders to attend education sessions and meet with exhibitors, sponsors and technology providers, all while networking with ITS professionals who can offer career advice and mentorship.

“The ITS industry is continuously looking for smart and creative people to impact our transportation systems, making them safer and more efficient for future generations,” said Josh Johnson, executive director of SwRI’s Intelligent Transportation Systems Department.

The second annual Future Leaders Program, organized by Reed Exhibitions (RX) and ITS America, offers students the opportunity to:

  • Network with industry professionals to enhance interviewing skills and find potential job opportunities.
  • Discuss research and projects with peers and industry leaders.
  • Tour the exhibit hall with ITS America and SwRI ambassadors.
  • Explore innovative technologies through interactive exhibits and demonstrations.

“We are excited to team up with ITS Arizona to inspire students and emerging young leaders to share ideas and explore careers in an industry that impacts the traveling public,” Johnson said.

After 11 years of sponsoring the ITS World Congress Student Essay Competition, SwRI is now promoting the Future Leaders Program, which was first held at the 2023 ITS America Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas.

In addition to the Future Leaders Program, the ITS America Conference & Expo will give students and attendees alike the opportunity to engage with universities, discover diverse programs and connect with students and faculty.

Students can also submit an ITS-related abstract that will be reviewed by SwRI, ITS Arizona, and ITS America. Six students will be chosen to present at the ITS America Conference & Expo on April 24. Visit the link below for abstract submission requirements. The deadline to submit is March 8.

To learn more about the Future Leaders Program and other programming at ITS America Conference & Expo, visit:

For more information, visit Intelligent Transportation Systems or contact Robert Crowe, +1 210 522 4630, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166.