For over 70 years, OTEC has been the place for transportation professionals to learn about and discuss new ways to safely and efficiently move people and goods throughout the state.

Join Transportation officials, government and members of the academic community at Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference -- one of the nation's largest transportation conferences. The conference features exciting speakers, technical sessions and an exhibition hall. Meet other professionals in your specialty area and share stories of innovation and transportation.

The Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference is a two-day event attended by over 3,750 people nationally. OTEC is organized to provide something for everyone interested in Ohio’s transportation industry. The program tries to address the latest policy and technical information, as well as covering new ideas in transportation policy, planning, environmental, design, construction, maintenance, operation, local government, and management of transportation resources.

Who Should Attend

Engineers, government officials, professors, researchers, regional planners, consultants, contractors, students, industry representatives, and anyone with an interest in transportation.  

2019 OTEC Conference Information can be found here.


Early Bird Registration Dates & Fees

Begins July 15th through September 13th. 

$175 registration fee.

$100 registration fee for retired individuals representing themselves only.

$100 registration fee for Speakers (until Sept. 7th).

$35 registration fee for students.

General Registration Dates & Fees

Begins September 14th through October 22nd.

$200 registration fee.

$125 registration fee for retired individuals representing themselves only.

$35 registration fee for students.

NO REFUNDS will be given after October 18th.

** Full conference registration consists of entry to all technical sessions, opening session, Tuesday & Wednesday continental breakfast, the Tuesday light lunch and the Wednesday luncheon.



October 29, 2019

7:00AM - Registration Opens | Continental Breakfast | Exhibit Hall Opens

9:00AM - 10:00AM  Opening Session

10:30AM - 12:00PM Sessions

12:00PM - 1:30PM Lunch Pecha Kucha Session

1:30PM - 3:00PM Sessions

3:30PM - 5:00PM Sessions

5:00PM - 7:00PM Networking Session

October 30, 2019

7:00AM Alumni Breakfast

7:30AM Registration Opens | Continental Breakfast | Exhibit Hall Opens

8:00AM - 9:30AM Sessions

10:00AM - 11:30 Sessions

11:45AM - 1:30PM Luncheon Speaker 

2:00PM - 3:30PM Sessions

2:00PM - 4:00PM Ethics Session

Click here for Quick Glance of Sessions    


Reserve your room for the 2019 OTEC Conference! 

Courtyard by Marriott                          614-228-3200 $157   SOLD OUT
Crowne Plaza                 877-283-1700 $150   SOLD OUT
DoubleTree               614-228-4600 $136   ODOT Eng. Conference
Hampton Inn & Suites                  614-559-2000 $179   SOLD OUT
Hilton Hotel                                  614-384-8600 $179   SOLD OUT
Hyatt Regency 614-463-1234 $175   SOLD OUT
Red Roof Inn Plus+ 614-224-6539 $109   OTEC
Residence Inn 614-222-2610 $139   SOLD OUT

Interactive Area Map 

Room rates are quotes exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, which are currently 17.50%

Conference Location

400 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Parking is always a challenge during OTEC especially at the lots closest to the convention center. There are several lots available in the downtown area and the new CBus is a free shuttle that loops the convention center area every 10-15 minutes.

Travel Conditions Travel Information 

Ohgo Travel Info Site: Your source for real time traffic updates. Statewide road activity details, seasonal weather condition reports, automated weather sensors data and live Web Camera views.

Area Visitor Information

Luncheon Speaker - Aron Ralston,

Fearless Adventurer & Subject of the Film, 127 Hours.

Growing up in Ohio and Indiana before moving to Colorado with his family in 1987, Aron Ralston had little exposure to the wild outdoors.  A mechanical engineer by trade, here’s an ordinary man pushed to extraordinary limits, Aron Ralston takes you inside the story that captured international headlines in which he proves that courage, perseverance and the human spirit can help you triumph over tough challenges when the stakes are extraordinary.

An experienced climber and avid outdoorsman, Aron was canyoneering alone in Utah when he became trapped between two boulders in a remote location for more than five days, ultimately freeing himself by severing his own arm with a pocketknife. His harrowing tale captivated global news outlets and remains one of the most incredible and extreme survival stories of all time.    

Aron recounts his ordeal in searing detail in his New York Times best-selling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which inspired the major motion picture, 127 Hours, starring James Franco. 

On stage, he brings his gripping story to life – and audiences to the edge of their seats. With great candor and humility, Aron reflects on his remarkable triumph over insurmountable odds, and shares the lessons he learned about the importance of examining one’s priorities and outlook on life. Take away a true appreciation for the power of the human spirit and the value of relationships to overcome life’s challenges, no matter how large or daunting one’s “boulder” may be.

Please click here to view the OTEC 2019 floor plan and exhibitors. 


OTEC is grateful to sponsors who participate in the conference by purchasing booth space and presenting ideas and products related to the transportation process.

​To secure your booth location preference, payment must be made at the time of selection.

Gold Level $3000

  • 1 Complimentary Booth (includes 1 complimentary registration)
  • Signage @ Entrance
  • Signage @ Booth
  • Logo on App
  • VIP Access to Mobile App
  • Logo on Website
  • Opening Session Recognition 
  • Luncheon Recognition 
  • Advanced Early Registration starts July 8th, one week before Early Bird Registration for the general public

Silver Level $1000 

  • 1 Complimentary Registration
  • Signage @ Entrance 
  • Logo on Website
  • Opening Session Recognition 
  • Luncheon Recognition
  • Advanced Early Registration starts July 10th

​ ***Booths can be purchased for an additional $600 each with Sponsorship

Q: What are the dates for future conferences?
A: October 29 -30, 2019

Q: Can I pay with a credit card?
A: Yes. (Mastercard, Visa or AmEx).

Q: When will registration information be mailed?
A: July. You will also be able to access the information on the website at that time.

Q: I only want to attend one day of the conference. Is it half price?
A: No - The Registration Fee is for both days.

Q: Is the alumni breakfast open to any college alumni who is not attending the conference?
A: No. The breakfast is intended for Conference attendees only.

Q: If I am a student, what is the registration cost?
A: OTEC attendance is $35 with a valid student ID, but you must register to attend. 

Q: How many CPDs will be offered at OTEC?
A1: Maximum CPDs hours earned for this conference is TBD. It is recommended participants get their badges scanned at the end of each session to receive credit.

A2:  CPD hours for the Design/GIS/Mapping technical sessions will also qualify for Survey CPDs for those with PS licenses.

Q: When is early bird registration due?
A: Early bird registration must be paid in full by early bird deadline. Early bird registration runs from July 15th through September 13th.

Q: How do exhibitors get a booth assigned?
A: Booth spaces can be chosen during the online registration process. Booths must be paid in full at time of selection. Major credit cards are accepted and preferred.

Q: If I am a Gold or Silver sponsor, can I register early?
A: Yes. The specific dates for sponsor registration can be found on the
Sponsors page.
If you have further questions please contact Lisa Hall, OTEC Administrator, at

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2019 OTEC Schedule
  • Opening Session 9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Technical Sessions 10:30 am to Various
  • Exhibit Hall 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Technical Sessions 8:00 am to Various
  • Exhibit Hall 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
2019 OTEC Conference Registration Rates
  Early Bird July 15 - Sept. 13th General Sept. 14th - Oct. 22nd Onsite Registration
Attendee $175 $200 $225
Retiree $100 $125 $150
Student (With valid student ID) $35 $35 $35
Speaker Rate $100 $200 $225