Student Endowment Fund: March/April

For the March-April spotlight, we will hear from Amer Zreika, Jay Gonzales, and Nicholas Caruso about the San Jose State University ITE student chapter and their recent experience at the ITE Student Leadership Summit, one of the many initiatives supported by the Student Endowment Fund:

SJSU ITE Students (from left to right) Amer Zreika and Jay Gonzales at the 2019 ITE Student Leadership Summit

Amer Zreika
4th Year, Civil and Environmental Engineering Major

How did you join ITE?
I discovered ITE during the engineering club fair at SJSU. I passed by their booth and was introduced to the club by the ITE SJSU president at the time.

What do you like about your ITE position?
I like that there is a lot of opportunity for growth within ITE. As president, I enjoy talking to people and encouraging them to be proactive about their college years. Join a club, any club that peaks your curiosity. These are the years where you get to explore and find your passions and interests.

Dream job?
My career passion lies in Construction. Even as a kid I would like to build structures from Lego bricks. Now I find that seeing projects being built is very fascinating. I see that my dream job would be managing the construction of huge projects in the Bay Area.

Ways in which your student chapter has benefited from the Student Endowment Fund?
We were able to send SJSU members to attend the ITE Summit at UC Berkeley at no cost for the students. As one of those who attended, I found the ITE Summit a terrific and inspiring experience with lots of fun activities and engaging opportunities for networking and meeting others who share similar interests.


Jay Gonzales
4th Year, Civil Engineering Major

How did you join ITE?
I found out about ITE through an engineering club fair.

What do you like about your ITE position?
What I like about ITE is that there are a lot of chances to explore, network, and meet those in the profession. I feel that making those connections are the catalyst to finding more about my professional career in a proactive way

Dream job?
What I find interesting about transportation is that it can go beyond the scope of engineering. There a a lot of logistics that can be made with urban planning. I’ve had a big interest in transportation planning because I’d generally like to help with something that affects most people’s lives by improving their daily commute, especially in the Bay Area.

Ways in which your student chapter has benefited from the Student Endowment Fund?
We had the opportunity to send some SJSU students to the ITE Summit at UC Berkeley. Having been one of the people that attended, it was a great experience to collaborate with other students from across the country and network with companies that work around the region. It was also very insightful and exciting to take part in the discussions that pertain to the future of transportation.


Nicholas Caruso
Graduating Senior, Civil and Environmental Engineering Major

How did you join ITE?
I was recruited by previous members who were also members of ASCE.

What do you like about your ITE position?
I have liked the opportunity to network with engineers from local agencies such as the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.

Dream job?
My dream job would be one in which I could see an entire project through from its conception. I find the system approach to engineering to be a fascinating way to think of modern solutions to age old problems.

Ways in which your student chapter has benefited from the Student Endowment Fund?
The Student Endowment Fund has been very helpful for my peers who had the chance to participate in the ITE summit, granting them a wonderful opportunity to see a larger picture of the progress here in the Bay Area.


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