Kauffmann Receives Award, Gaines Elected as an Officer at TSITE Annual Meeting

11 / August / 2021

During the Tennessee Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (TSITE) Annual Meeting, two Barge employees received recognition: Peter Kauffmann, PE, PTOE, AICP was awarded the Jack B. Humphreys Young Member Award and Lauren Gaines was elected to be the Secretary/Treasurer for TSITE.

Peter Kauffmann has been with Barge for 5 years as a Project Engineer in the firm's Transportation business unit. He is an active member of TSITE, currently serving as the Technical Committee Chair and coordinating the meetings for the Memphis branch.

The Jack B. Humphreys Young Member Award is given each year to a TSITE member who has contributed significantly to the Section or the profession over the past few years. Established in 2002, this award recognizes the achievements of members who display the following qualities:

  • To an individual who is 35 years of age or less and has contributed outstandingly to the advancement of the transportation profession at both the TSITE and SDITE levels.
  • To an individual who, by their personal integrity, leadership, and example, has aspired all fellow professionals to greater service.
  • To an individual who has untiringly and unselfishly given of his time and talents to the furtherance of his profession and professional organization.

The award was presented by TSITE past president, Nathan Vatter, PE.

Lauren Gaines (Nashville/Transportation) was announced as the Secretary/Treasurer the following day. Officer positions in the Tennessee Section ITE chapter progress to the next position on an annual basis (i.e., from Secretary to Vice President to President to Past President) and go on to represent the Tennessee Section at the regional and national level.

Lauren has been an active member of ITE since college where she was an ITE officer in her collegiate chapter at Auburn University. Since graduating, Lauren has served as a TSITE Section Representative for the Southern District of ITE from 2017-2019, where she represented Tennessee and the Southern District to the International ITE community.

TSITE is a professional organization of persons who are involved in the field of transportation and who share a common interest in improving the quality of the surface transportation in Tennessee. The mission of TSITE is the professional development and growth of the traffic and transportation industry, promoting the safe and efficient flow of people, goods, and services.