Last month’s ITS orientation dinner, held on September 23, 2003, had a record turnout with a standing-room only crowd of almost 50 attendees. The evening began with a presentation from Brian D. Taylor, Director of ITS, who gave an overview of transportation studies and research at UCLA. Next our visiting scholar, Mark Miller, from the California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways) Program gave the students an overview of the PATH program and an in-depth look at emerging transportation technologies. The evening ended with dinner and a wonderfully entertaining slideshow put together by second-year transportation student Tim Papandreaou, featuring highlights of a class trip to India last spring with Professor Vinit Mukhija. The class spent a week meeting planners and policymakers, activists and nonprofits’ representatives, researchers, and academics to develop a grounded understanding of urban development and planning issues in the city. In previous years, this annual field class has visited London, Berlin, and Brazil.