Student Endowment Fund: July/August

University of Idaho ITE Officers (from left to right) Hossein Sadeghi, Fahmid Tousif, and Paul Bomber

For the July-August spotlight, we will hear from President Fahmid Tousif, Vice President Hossein Sadeghi, and Secretary Paul Bomber about the University of Idaho ITE student chapter and their plans for ITE and the Student Endowment Fund in the upcoming school year: 

Fahmid Tousif

Graduate Student, Civil Engineering

How did you join ITE?

I came to know about this student club right after I joined University of Idaho in Fall 2016. I started going to the ITE meetings and initiatives. As I was getting more involved with the ITE activities, eventually I got selected as the Vice President for the school year of 2017-2018. After successfully serving as the Vice President, now I am serving as the President for the school year of 2017-2018.

What do you like about your ITE position?

As the President, now I am overviewing everything for the student chapter. That includes preparing the annual report, budgeting for the next school year’s events that we are going to cover, and applying for funds for these events. The thing I like most about my position is that it offers me freedom to run the chapter towards more efficient achievements.

Dream job?

My dream job ranges from a transportation planner to the designer of intersection and roadways.

ITE plans for the upcoming school year?

Historically, every year we receive limited funding from the university allocations. However, a significant portion of our expenses is covered by individual sponsors. For example, the last Intermountain conference was partially sponsored by Six Mile Engineering. These sponsorships are not frequent though. Due to the lack of funding sources, our team was not able to participate in the Western District Conference in Colorado. We are planning to participate in traffic bowl competitions next school year in all these conferences. Therefore, we are in deep need of support in order to provide opportunities for the students to make these conferences.

Anything else you would like to share?

I would definitely recommend every college student to explore what ITE can offer them to build their career through building professional connections and to all be aware of the exciting inventions going around the world of transportation engineering. As a transportation enthusiast, nothing excites me more than seeing a fellow engineering student equally excited about transportation engineering.


Hossein Sadeghi

Graduate Student, Civil Engineering

How did you join ITE?

I heard about ITE from my supervisor, Professor Kevin Chang. He encouraged me to join ITE as it will potentially benefit my future career as a transportation engineer.

What do you like about your ITE position?

In my role as Vice President, I assist the President for our student collaborations with ITE and encourage them to help me with their suggestions for the different events that we organize during the academic year.

Dream job?

My dream job is to establish a traffic engineering and transportation planning form.

ITE plans for the upcoming school year?

I am the Vice President for our student chapter and this has helped me through making new connections that will hopefully advance my future career. We were offered the opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting in Jackson, WY.

Anything else you would like to share?

I think there is currently a gap between the student chapter and the industry. Both sides can potentially benefit from each other through mutual collaborations. For example, transportation companies could give priority to the members of the student chapter when a position opens up. On the other hand, students can do applicable research that is needed by industry.


Paul Bomber

3rd Year Undergraduate, Civil Engineering

How did you join ITE?

I first learned about ITE during my first weeks on campus as a freshman. I was really interested in transportation engineering, so I was asking professors and other students what clubs I should join. ITE was an obvious choice, so I connected with the President and was able to make the first meeting of the year.

What do you like about your ITE position?

In my role as Secretary, I am in charge of taking attendance and notes at meetings. I help with the annual report and keep our events organized. My favorite part is being involved and learning more about transportation engineering.

Dream job?

I’m passionate about a lot of things transportation related such as bike/pedestrian and intersection design, so not quite sure yet.

ITE plans for the upcoming school year?

We’d really like to send a team to Western District. Traffic bowl sounds fun, and the whole conference sounds like a great learning experience, but we haven’t had the funds to participate yet.

Anything else you would like to share?

ITE is a really cool organization to meet people with similar interests. Take advantage of it when you are in school or as a professional as well.


Contributions to the Endowment Fund can be made at westernite.org/endowment-fund/endowment-fund-contribute/