The following are the 2022 Western District candidates for office for your consideration. All members are encouraged to vote and make your voice be heard. Thanks for helping the Western District serve its members efficiently and effectively!
Candidate for President
Kimberly E. Leung, P.E.
It has been a privilege to serve the Western District as Vice President, and I am thankful for this opportunity to continue serving as President. I deeply appreciate working alongside our District Board and Committee Chairs, and I look forward to collaborating further with these committed leaders to advance our District’s initiatives in the upcoming year.
As President, I will continue to focus on my key goals of student initiatives and the member experience. I have always been passionate about the development and mentorship of the next generation of transportation professionals. This past year, I have worked closely with our Student Funding and Initiatives Committee Chair and will continue to advocate for programs to support our students and young professionals. Throughout the COVID pandemic, we have found ways to remain connected virtually, and I would like to further explore new ways to make our ITE programs even more accessible for members, particularly those from smaller Sections and the public sector.
I am an Engineer at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and I am grateful that the SFMTA fully supports my longstanding commitment to ITE. I have been involved with ITE since co-founding UC Berkeley’s Cal ITE student chapter in 2008 and have served as Cal ITE President, SF Bay ITE President, the 2019 District Annual Meeting LAC Co-Chair, and the District’s Student Funding and Initiatives Committee Chair. I currently serve as the Professional Liaison to the Cal ITE student chapter and the newly chartered Stanford ITE student chapter.
I hope to have your continued support and the opportunity to serve the Western District as President.
Candidate for Vice-President
Douglas E. Smith, P.E.
Hello my name is Doug Smith and I am honored to be the nominee for Vice President of WesternITE. It was only a few months ago that I was running for Secretary-Treasurer and over the last few months I have had the opportunity to dive into the operation of the district. It has been a great experience that I look forward to continuing in 2023.
I believe my experience as Secretary-Treasurer of the Western District and involvement in the 2022 Palm Springs LAC is preparing me for my next roles in the Western District of ITE. While I have learned a great deal about the challenges of leading the District, it has also served to reinforce what I believe the vision of WesternITE should continue to be. You can read more about my credentials on LinkedIn but I want to remind you of what my vision and goals were for my tenure on the board.
Over the last few months, I have seen the challenges we face and I have been reminded that ITE remains the premier professional organization providing information and technical content to transportation professionals. As we emerge from this pandemic, we need to continue to find ways to connect with our membership and provide them with the mentoring, technical and professional support required to be leaders in the profession.
My goals for the next three years continue to include:
ENGAGEMENT: Develop plans and programs that will increase engagement and involvement of all sections and chapters within the Western District;
INNOVATION: Improve and increase the virtual meetings and webinars available to our members to provide continuing education programs. We will continue to provide high quality and innovative multi-media meetings and conferences that can be attended in person or virtually;
TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE: Provide technical content and technology sharing so that our members are the most capable in the industry. We must continue to attract and engage our young members;
COLLABORATION/MENTORING: Focus on improving our programs and providing young ITE members with mentoring to show them the benefits of ITE.
I would appreciate receiving your vote for Vice President in the upcoming election.
Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer
Jared Travis, P.E.
We at ITE are a community. We are all problem solvers, and we want the best for our neighborhoods, our streets, and our teams. We are the best engineers we can be.
I have served through the ranks of the Alaska chapter of ITE, from Secretary-Treasurer to President and now Past President. As a founding member of the Northern Arizona University chapter of Engineers Without Borders, I performed the same duties. I have the drive, proven reliability and experience required to serve as your District’s Secretary-Treasurer.
As a District Board member, I will focus on three initiatives:
strengthening our relationship with young engineers—both young professionals and students
further the integration of rural and remote engineers
promotion of BIM and learning opportunities
The pandemic has emphasized some distance between the professional and youth communities. ITE already has strong tools available to bridge this gap, such as the ITE STEM Outreach program and the Equitable SimCity Sandbox Design Competition. I will exercise these tools to ensure we hear younger voices in the ITE dialog.
I work in a big state. The Western District covers a vast area. Some District members are hundreds of miles away from their chapter’s core. By implementation of hybrid and virtual meetings, I will work to bring our more remote members back into the fold.
Lastly, I am a designer. The future of transportation and engineering design lies in BIM technologies. I will promote BIM learning opportunities for ITE engineers and the industry.
It is an honor to be selected as a candidate for Secretary-Treasurer of the ITE Western District, and I appreciate your consideration for the position.
Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer
Pat Marnell, P.E.
Service and Community are important concepts for me. When I think about ITE the first thing that pops into my head are the people that make up ITE; the community. That thought is quickly followed by all of the other things one associates with ITE — Western District Meetings, the last webinar I attended, and how my alma mater did in the last traffic bowl – but I always come back to the people. The strength of ITE, and the Western District in particular, has always been its dedicated membership, volunteers, and leaders who are willing to put the time and effort into making the community better.
I am running for ITE Western District Secretary Treasure so that I can be of service to the ITE community that I have come to cherish over that past 17 years. ITE has provided me many opportunities. I want to ensure that the next generation of young professionals has access to those same opportunities.
As an officer I intend to focus on sustainable growth of our membership. To achieve this, is I have identified the following three focus areas:
Provide Excellent Technical Content,
Convert Student Members into Professional Members, and
Maintain an Engaging Member Experience.
I have been involved with ITE since 2005 when I joined the OSU Student Chapter. Since that time I have served in numerous ITE roles including Past-President of the Oregon ITE Section, Co-Chair of the 2018 QUAD Conference, and as the current Western District Technical Chair.
I understand that serving on the Western District Executive Committee is no small commitment of time or effort. I am happy to raise my hand for the task.
If elected as Secretary/Treasurer I will serve the Western District with the same dedication I have brought to my other ITE activities for the past 17 years.
The future of the transportation profession depends upon a stable and continuing flow of students who are excited and passionate in the career opportunities afforded by transportation engineering and planning.