YMI Volunteer Event Buffalo Bayou Clean-up – October 21st

Join your fellow Houston area Young Professionals in a volunteer event to clean and help restore Buffalo Bayou after Hurricane Harvey.
What:  Post Hurricane Harvey Buffalo Bayou Clean Up YMI Volunteer Event

When:  Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 8:00am – 12:00pm

Where:  1803 Memorial Dr.  Houston, TX

RSVP by October 16th:  Please contact Lizanne Douglas (lmd@freese.com) or Ishita Rahman (Ishita.rahman@freese.com) if you have any questions.

Bayou Clean Up

Stay tuned for more information on the location and type of activity. Tools and materials required for cleanup will be provided at the location.



YPT Houston – 3rd Annual Light Rail Pub Crawl – October 13th

Please mark your calendar on Friday, October 13th at 6:00PM for the exciting 3rd annual light rail pub crawl – a joint event with ASCE Young Members and CREMM!

The Light Rail Pub Crawl is by far the most popular event hosted by YPT where you can visit multiple bars along the METRO rail.

METRO is covering all fares and YPT Houston and ASCE are covering first 2 drinks!!!

We will be starting at Wooster’s Garden at 6:00PM. See the schedule below for the complete list of bars. Feel free to come and go throughout the evening!

YPT/ASCE Light Rail Pub Crawl Schedule
Friday, October 13th, 2017
Order Meet Time Bar Red Line Station
1 6:00 PM Wooster’s Garden Ensemble/HCC
2 7:15 PM Capitol Bar Midtown McGowen
3 8:30 PM Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Central Stn. Main
4 9:45 PM The Nightingale Room Preston

When: Friday, October 13th, 6:00PM – 9:45PM

Where:  Meet at Wooster’s Garden to Start

Event Map: Click Here for Interactive Event Map

Register:  Click here to Register

Price:     YPT Members* – $10


Non-Members and Guests – $20

*YPT will be sponsoring part the cost of current members’ tickets.

TransTalk Luncheon with Greg Winfree, Agency Director of Texas Transportation Institute – October 30th

Please Join YPT Houston for our next TransTalk Luncheon.  This TransTalk Luncheon will feature a presentation from Greg Winfree, the Agency Director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).  TTI will be providing lunch from Jason’s Deli and hosting us at their Houston office.

Greg Winfree

When: Monday, October 30th, 11:30AM – 1:15PM

Where:  TTI Houston Office, 701 N Post Oak Road, Suite 430, Houston, TX  77024

RSVP:  Click HERE  to RSVP.

Business website: https://tti.tamu.edu/

Cost:  Presentation is free and Jason’s Deli will provided for YPT members.

Short Biography

Mr. Gregory D. Winfree was appointed Agency Director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) on December 15, 2016. TTI is a state agency and the largest and most comprehensive higher education-affiliated transportation research center in the United States. The Institute was formed by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents in 1950 to conduct research for the Texas Highway Department—now the Texas Department of Transportation. Today, TTI research projects total about $61 million annually for about 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. The technologies and strategies developed at the Institute have saved the state and nation thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

Winfree joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology in March 2010 as Chief Counsel and was later sworn in as the Assistant Secretary in January 2014. During his tenure, Winfree also served as Deputy Administrator and Administrator of a predecessor agency, the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

As Assistant Secretary, he was the senior executive responsible for a $450 million budget and oversaw more than 1,000 scientific, data analysis and administrative staff members who support USDOT’s multi-modal transportation initiatives. The program offices under his purview included: the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center; the Research, Development and Technology Coordination Office; the Bureau of Transportation Statistics; the Positioning, Navigation, Timing and Spectrum Management Office; the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office; and the Transportation Safety Institute.

Prior to his USDOT appointments, Mr. Winfree served as Corporate Counsel for several Fortune 500 corporations for 17 years that operated in a number of technical industries, including:

  • Natural resources and metals (Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, Phoenix, AZ);
  • Pharmaceuticals (Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Collegeville, PA); and
  • Chemicals and polymers (Union Carbide Corporation, Danbury CT).

Prior to his corporate legal work, Mr. Winfree was a Trial Attorney in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. He started his legal career as an Associate at a prominent Washington, D.C.-based law firm, Venable, LLP.

Mr. Winfree is also an innovator with design and utility patents to his credit and thus has a special affinity for TTI’s diverse transportation research portfolio and commitment to innovation. Much of his career aligns with organizations with a strong focus in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines, and Mr. Winfree has spoken extensively on the importance of STEM education to the future transportation workforce.


Monthly Event – Bike Tour with Bayou City Bike Tours – April 22nd

Please join YPT Houston for a fun filled Saturday afternoon with Bayou City Bike Tours on Saturday, April 22nd.  The bike tour will highlight some of Houston’s new bicylce facilities including the Lamar Street Cycle Track, Holman Street Cycle Track, and the Hawthorne/Holman shortcut.  There is no cost for the tour, however if you do not have your own bike for the tour rentals are available for $30.00.  A map of the proposed route of the tour is below:

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When: Saturday, April 22nd, 3:00PM

Where: Bayou City Bike Tours – 1824 Spring St.  Houston, TX  77007

Cost:  Free if you bring your own bike, $30.00 for bike rental.

Click HERE to Register!

Happy Hour with Miovision – March 23rd at 8th Wonder Brewery

Please join YPT Houston and Miovision at 8th Wonder Brewery for happy hour! Over a cold beer, Roman Prikhodko will present how transportation professionals across North America are using smart traffic solutions to unlock valuable data from their traffic infrastructure.

Bonus: if you attend a Miovision webinar before the event, your first drink will be on the house!

March 9 webinar: Smarter Traffic Signals for a Smarter City

March 16 webinar: The IoT Enabled Transportation Professional

What: YPT Houston Happy Hour with Miovision

When: Thursday, March 23rd, 6:00PM

Where: 8th Wonder Brewery – 2202 Dallas St.  Houston, TX  77003

Career Guidance. Fellowship. Networking.

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