Lehman Center for Transportation Research at Florida International University

The FIU ITE Student Chapter at LCTR organized the Florida-Puerto Rico District ITE 3rd Annual ITE Student Leadership Summit, 2020 in Miami

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The FIU ITE Student Chapter organized the Florida-Puerto Rico District ITE 3rd Annual ITE Student Leadership Summit, 2020 in Miami from Feb 07-09, 2020. This Summit was very well attended with over 80 students and about 40 professionals from across Florida. We would like to thank our Gold Sponsors A&P, Eland, Arcadis, Jacobs, and LCTR; our Silver Sponsors - FAU FMRI, ITE International, Center for Urban Transportation Research - CUTR, STRIDE, and Iteris; and our Bronze Sponsors - Florida Section/District 10 ITE, HDR, Temple, CTS, Kittleson, Kimley Horn, Cambridge, Stantec, Gannett Fleming, and WTS FIU Student Chapter. We would also like to thank ITE Student Chapter advisors who supported us by attending this Summit Dr. Robert Bertin, Dr. Lin, and Dr. Thobias Sando.

The Summit kicked off with a kayaking and ice breaking session at FIU BBC Campus on Friday, Feb 07th.
FIU SLS 2020
FIU SLS 2020

The Welcome Session on Saturday included a panel discussion with our panelists Dr. Pablo Ortiz, Ms. Alyssa Rodriguez, Mr. Javier Rodriguez, and Mr. Wilson Fernandez. This panel discussion was moderated by Mr. Eric Rensel, VP of Gannett Fleming. We sincerely thank Ms. Alyssa Rodriguez for flying all the way from Nevada and Mr. Eric Rensel for flying from Philadelphia for just this Session.
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We are sure that the Summit attendees were thrilled to have you speak to them. The second session on Professional Dilemmas was very interactive; thank you Dr. Robert Bertini and Ms. Paula C Flores for moderating this session. Several students have mentioned that this is one of the best sessions. Mr. Patrick Son 's address during the lunch was just captivating. Not one student had turned their heads nor did they look at their phones. Everyone was so involved; it was simply amazing. Thank you, Mr. Son, for flying all the way from DC just for this talk. Our students will never forget your speech.

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The afternoon session on Leading from Within was quite a different session that focused on exploring the dimension of Inner Leadership and focusing on finding your inner leader. Thank you Tejsingh Rana for opening our minds to this new avenue. The 3 PM Traffic Bowl is one of the most exciting sessions; we had 9 teams (6 companies and 3 university ITE Student chapters) competing in this jeopardy competition. Thank you Pete Yauch and vishal Kakkad for helping us with this competition. Thank you Dr. Robert Bertin , Ms. Alyssa Rodriguez , and Dr. Mohammed Hadi for judging.

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To the best of our knowledge, we have, for the first time, developed our own software and hardware to conduct this competition; It was executed perfectly; and I would like to thank all the team members Angel Edes, John herman, Henrick Haule, Cesilia Kadeha, Evarist Edward and Jimoku Hinda for being sportive and participating in the jeopardy competition. The three finalists included: Gannett Fleming, A&P, and Gator ITE - UF Student Chapter. In the finals, Ite Famu Fsu took Gannet Fleming's spot as Gannett Fleming had to leave early!

The career fair, onsite interviews, and the professional headshot sessions in the evening were a great success. We, for the first time, attempted to organize onsite interviews, and several students loved this opportunity to be interviewed by several companies on one day. Thank you, Stantec, Cambridge Systematics, HDR, Eland, A&P, Kimley Horn, Kittelson Associates, FDOT, Jacobs, ARCADIS, Iteris for participating in the Career Fair. Thank you A&P, Stantec, HDR, and Iteris for conducting the onsite interviews.
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FIU SLS 2020

Our key note speaker during Dinner, Mr. James Wolfe, FDOT District 6 Secretary, was simply amazing; he has inspired the students so much that they continued to talk about the key note address even a day later.

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The Traffic Bowl finals were also during the dinner session; The finals were as entertaining as one could expect. A&P Consulting Transportation Engineers won the finals - Gator ITE - UF Student Chapter and ITE Famu Fsu gave a tough fight though. Thank you, Pete Yauch, once again, for moderating the Traffic Bowl competition.
Sunday morning session was super fun, as it focused on several team building activities. Dr. Bertini and Dr. Lin played well with the students; the students enjoyed the activities, and we sure all the students have left with beautiful memories, great ideas and insights, and many more friends.
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This event would not have been such a success without the help, support, guidance, and mentorship of several individuals. Our heartfelt thanks goes to several, including: Dr. Robert Bertin , Paula C Flores , Thuha Nguyen , Larry Hagen, Eric Rensel, Pabio Ortiz, Alyssa Rodriguez, Wilson Fernandez, Javier Rodriguez, Patrick Son, James Wolfe, Tejsingh Rana, Vishal Kakkad, Catalina Echevery, And all the student chapters.

Thank you once again!

To the dedicated organizing team Rajib Chandra Saha, Angel Edes, Cesilia Kadeha, Alireza Rahimi, Sultan A Nishan, Tahnin Tariq Tani, Mahmoud Arafat, Henrick Haule, Ghazaleh Azimi, Sajidur Rahman Nafis, Rakibul Alam, Thodsapon Hunsanon, John Herman, Fahmid Tousif, kamar Amine, Sajad Mousavi and all FIU ITE Student Chapter members.

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