July 18, 2016
For the third year running, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) of Cal Poly reigns as the western region’s top student chapter. The club won the Western District Student Chapter of the Year award based on the club’s annual report, which ranked first out of 23 reports received from universities across the 13-state region. The event was held in Albuquerque, N.M., July 10-13.
“Overall, this year’s report reflected our interest in boosting the profession and not just our chapter,” said Krista Purser, president. “We coordinated a nationwide teleconference, for example, to discuss effective leadership, organization and successful events with other campus’ student leaders.”
Other 2015-16 Cal Poly ITE officers included Ashley Kim, vice president; Ryan Caldera, secretary; Edward Tang, treasurer; Nivedha Baskarapandian; Luis Descanzo, historian; Amy Chin, professional coordinator; Erica Madrigal, social coordinator; Jonathan Howard, coordinator of the Transportation Engineering Student Project Area; Mark Howard, marketing coordinator; and Kevin Carstens, past president.
The chapter collected a total of seven awards at the event, including:
- First place in the Collegiate Traffic Bowl, a “Jeopardy!”-style competition designed to test students’ knowledge of transportation engineering. Team members included fourth-year student Jonathan Howard and graduate students Kim and Purser, as well as fourth-year student Caldera, an alternate team member.
- Outstanding student awards that honored Carstens as outstanding graduate student, and Kim as outstanding undergraduate student.
- Student Chapter Annual Meeting Award for the highest amount of participation in the event’s competitions, student sessions and student presentations.
- Student Website Award — a first for the chapter — recognizing the effectiveness of the website’s design and communications produced by Baskarapandian, webmaster; Descanzo, photographer; and Mark Howard, social media coordinator.
The Cal Poly chapter will compete at the international level at ITE’s annual conference August 14-17 in Anaheim, Calif.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international association of nearly 17,000 transportation professionals and more than 140 student chapters.
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Photo: Cal Poly ITE student chapter members accepted the regional Student Chapter Award, Student Chapter Annual Meeting Award and Student Website Award among numerous others at the ITE Western District annual conference.