Hi everyone, I’m Rae! I’m in my last semester at NAU. I am currently our ITE chapter’s treasurer. I became interested in transportation engineering last year after taking my first traffic class. Since that first class, I’ve taken several other transportation electives that have further sparked my excitement about this field. I like how publicly involved this sub-discipline is. I know that what I will do in my career will directly improve people’s lives, which gets me excited for my career to come! As fate would have it I attended my first ever ITE meeting last spring which happened to be election night and was voted in as treasurer. Being involved as an officer this past year has opened my eyes to so much of the professional world, and I can accredit my post-graduate plans to being involved in ITE. Among others, one of my favorite experiences has been going to the Student Leadership Summit this January.
The NAU ITE Executive Board had the opportunity to attend the Western District Student Leadership Summit in Corvallis, Oregon early this semester. This conference brought together 150 students from all over the USA (Arizona, California, Montana, Utah, Oregon and even Massachusetts!) While attending we listened to technical presentations, collaborated with other students to solve problems, and even got to practice speed interviews with lots of impressive professionals. The pictures above are from a tour that we got to take of the research facilities at Oregon State University and some innovative bicycle infrastructure in Portland.
This trip is just one of many that I’ve had the fortune to take with my peers. Each time we go to an ITE event I walk away confidently knowing that I made the right choice in my major and career path. Between conferences in Phoenix and leadership summits in Oregon, I’ve gotten so much beneficial exposure in my year of involvement. Go ITE!