ITS Conference & Expo
April 22-25, 2024
Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona


Offering students inside access to attend an ITS industry event

San Antonio, TXFebruary 27, 2024 – Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and ITS Arizona are excited to partner together for the second edition of the Future Leaders Program with ITS America Events at this year’s ITS America Conference & Expo, organized in partnership by RX and ITS America (ITSA), taking place April 22-25 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.   

Through the Future Leaders Program, the next generation of ITS leaders will gather and have the opportunity to attend education sessions, trainings, meet with exhibitors, sponsors, technology providers, and network with ITS professionals that can offer career advice and mentorship.

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

The Future Leaders Program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Network with industry professionals to enhance interview skills and seek out potential job opportunities.
  • Discuss research and projects with peers and industry leaders.
  • Participate in a walking tour of the exhibit hall with an ITS America and SwRI ambassador.
  • Experience and explore innovative technologies through interactive exhibits and demonstrations.

In addition to the Future Leaders Program, the University Hub will launch at ITS America Conference & Expo, giving students and attendees alike the opportunity to engage with universities, discover diverse programs, and connect with students and faculty. Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and The University of Arizona will all be in attendance.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to submit an ITS related abstract that will be reviewed by SwRI, ITS Arizona, and ITS America Events. Six students will be chosen to present at ITS America Conference & Expo on Wednesday, April 24. Abstracts can be submitted here. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 8, 2024.

Submission requirements:

  • Submit an ITS related abstract that describes your student presentation.
    • The abstract should be a Word or PDF document, not exceeding 2 pages, size 12 Times New Roman font, and 1.5 space between rows.
  • Provide the following information for your submission:
    • The name(s) of presenter(s).
    • A brief description of your presentation topic.
    • Describe in a few words what will attendees take away from your presentation.

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


ITS America Events

ITS America Events, managed by RX, encompassing ITS America Conference & Expo and ITS World Congress when in North America, brings together decision-makers and their supporting teams from public and private sector transportation agencies to learn about the implementation of new technologies, work together to advance mobility solutions that will enable a safer, greener, and smarter transportation system across the globe.

ITS America

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America advances the research and deployment of intelligent transportation technologies to save lives, improve mobility, promote sustainability, and increase efficiency and productivity. Our vision is a better future transformed by transportation technology and innovation: Safer, Greener, Smarter. For All. For more information, please visit

About RX (Reed Exhibitions) 

RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities, and organizations. We elevate the power of face to face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products, and complete transactions at approximately 400 events in 22 countries across 42 industry sectors. RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people. RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

About Southwest Research Institute

SwRI is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organization based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 3,100 employees and an annual research volume of nearly $844 million. Southwest Research Institute and SwRI are registered marks in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. For more information, please visit