NCITE consists of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) members and affiliated persons residing in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. NCITE is a section within the ITE's 4th District, MidwesternITE, which covers 11 Midwestern states. NCITE was organized in 1963 and, like its parent organization, ITE, has its roots in the traffic engineering profession. Today, an engineering graduate need only be active in transportation or traffic engineering work to be eligible to join ITE. Only Members of ITE may be members of the Section; those individuals not eligible for ITE membership may join NCITE as Section Affiliates. As of January 1, 2012, NCITE’s membership total is 346 individuals, including members affiliated with the section’s three student chapters.