By Kimberly Leung, P.E., T.E., Western District President
The Western District is off to a busy start in the new year!
In January, I attended the Washington Section and San Francisco Bay Area Section meetings to install their new officers and to provide an overview of upcoming District activities. I look forward to opportunities to meet with more Sections and student chapters in our District this year.
Later this month, the Western District will be holding our Winter Board Meeting on January 27th in Oakland. We would like to welcome our new roster of Section Representatives who will be working with the Board on our District’s initiatives:
Alaska: Bradly Coy
Central California: Bryan Igarta
Central Coast: Vidhi Sachdeva
Hawaii: Jasmine Teramae-Kaehuaea
Northern California: Chris Gregerson
Oregon: Carl Olson
Riverside-San Bernardino: Steve Latino
San Diego: Joe Schultz
San Francisco Bay Area: Tony Henderson
Southern California: Dina Saleh
Washington: Darcy Akers
February will be packed with student events! Having started my time in ITE as a student member, it was very impactful for me to meet so many professionals and to receive guidance and support from them early in my transportation journey. I hope that you find time to engage with our student members at the Student Traffic Bowl and the Student Leadership Summit next month.
The USC, UC Irvine, and Cal State Fullerton student chapters will be co-hosting the 2023 Western District Student Leadership Summit on the USC campus from February 24-26th. The planning committee is still seeking sponsorships as well as volunteers to support activities, including networking events, resume workshops, and speed interviews.
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.