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WTS International at Virginia Tech

WTS Internationl at Virginia Tech

VTTI is committed to advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it. In this endeavor, VTTI is happy to sponsor the Virginia Tech Chapter of WTS International. Under the mentorship of VTTI research faculty members Drs. Myra Blanco and Charlie Klauer, the Virginia Tech Chapter of WTS seeks opportunities to link young professionals with leaders in the transportation sector for mentorship, access, and networking. Since its inception in 2015, the Chapter has hosted several events in support of this effort. Currently, the WTS leadership team is working with representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board to plan its upcoming 2020 WTS Day in Washington, DC.

About WTS International

WTS International was founded in 1977 by a group of pioneering women in transportation who realized that women’s careers would benefit from professional development, encouragement and recognition to support their advancement in transportation professions. Now, after more than 40 years of growth and development, WTS is an international organization with more than 6500 members (including women and men) and 79 chapters. Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.

WTS, which stands for Women's Transportation Seminar, was so named when it was founded in 1977, a time when women couldn't get subsidized for association memberships unless those associations were educational. But times have changed, and now joining an association is an opportunity women and men can take advantage of in order to work together and benefit each other in their careers.

For more information about WTS, visit the WTS International website.

Our Events

2020 Women in Transportation: Connections Through Transportation

March 2022 • Location TBA

Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our planning committee made the difficult decision to postpone Women in Transportation 2020: Connections Through Transportation until March 2022. More information can be found on the WTS 2020 website.

2018 Women’s History: Celebrating Women in Transportation – Land, Air, and Sea

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 • USDOT Atrium, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC

To fulfill its mission of advancing both the transportation industry and the professional women who are a growing part of it, the Virginia Tech Chapter of WTS joined with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to co-host their second bi-annual event 2018 Women's Month: Celebrating Women in Transportation – Land, Air, and Sea.

Event information and photos can be found on the WTS 2018 website.

2016 Women in Transportation Seminar – The Future of Transportation

Thursday, August 28, 2016 • The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

In 2015, the Virginia Tech Student Chapter of WTS was founded. to support our new generation of women in transportation professions. To celebrate this new chapter, a group of transportation leaders gathered at Virginia Tech with students in 2016 for our first bi-annual mentoring event.

Event information and photos can be found on the WTS 2016 website.

Our Leadership

Student Leaders

Alli Rossi-Alvarez

Alexandria "Alli" Rossi-Alvarez


Eileen Herbers

Eileen Herbers


Michael Popovech

Michael Popovech


Academic Advisors

Myra Blanco

Myra Blanco, Ph.D.

Director of Advancement, Partnerships, & Outreach

Charlie Klauer

Charlie Klauer, Ph.D.

Program Leader, Training Systems

Support Staff

Pam Stiff

Pam Stiff

VTTI Conference Support

Tammy Trimbler

Tammy Trimble, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate