Student Endowment Fund: May/June

For the May-June spotlight, we will hear from Vivian Sy, Allison Traylor, and Lauren Takeyama from the Cal Poly Pomona ITE Student Chapter about the influence ITE has had on their personal and professional development as well as their career aspirations in the transportation industry:

Cal Poly Pomona ITE Student Chapter

Vivian Sy
2019 Graduating Senior, Civil Engineering – Transportation

How did you join ITE?
I joined ITE when I first transferred to Cal Poly Pomona and I instantly fell in love with transportation and all the like minded people I was around. Our ITE Student Chapter has been a second family to me. It has given me so many opportunities to grow as an individual and in a community. I did not decide to become an engineer for myself, but for the chance to able to positively impact the lives of other people. I believe that the hardest part of doing anything is taking the first step. I am constantly scared of failing but I like to think of it as F.A.I.L. meaning first attempt in learning. Any criticism is good criticism to learn from. And once you have taken that first step, the next step won’t seem so terrifying.

What do you like about your ITE position?
Thanks to Cal Poly Pomona’s philosophy “learn by doing” I was able to get hands on experience with taking on lead roles for group work and learning to deal with unforeseen situations such as setting deadlines that must be met and following up with the issues dealt to the group. This has helped me grow a great foundation for working with others and eventually leading those who are willing to follow in my lead.

With my peers supporting me, I felt confident and ready to take on a leadership position by taking on the role of ITE 2018-2019 Cal Poly Student Chapter President. This opportunity has opened many doors for me and has allowed me to use the connections I have made when I was a ITE member going to professional events to bring in guest speakers at our general meetings which help get new members more involved in coming out to professional events and conferences. Before I graduate, I want to pass down the knowledge I have to the next President of ITE (Allison Traylor).

Dream job?
My next goal in life is to work with a company that has the same goals and mindset as myself. I have a passion for wanting to make a change in the world by connecting people through transportation. A wise person once said that traveling is not about the destination, but the journey that matters. This in essence is what transportation is to me. It’s not difficult to arrive from one point to another but it’s about how you arrive at your destination that matters. And as an aspiring transportation engineer, I hope to be able to play a role in ensuring the journey is as convenient and safe as possible.

Ways in which your student chapter has benefited from the Student Endowment Fund?
Cal Poly Pomona has been supported by the student endowment fund back in 2016 when we hosted the student leadership summit and when we participated in the data collection project and we are thankful because these funds had helped up open doors for our members giving them the opportunity to attend networking events and we hope to continue obtaining funds to help support our student chapter. Thank you.

Anything else you would like to share?
I just want to thank our advisors Xudong Jia and Wen Cheng for all their help in helping our student chapter thrive.

Our chapter is always looking for sponsorships and guest speakers at our general meetings as we dedicate our club in helping our members by having them attend all our events for free so if you are interested please contact us at ITECalPolyPomona@gmail.com for more information and thank you so much in advance!


Allison Traylor
4th Year, Civil Engineering Major

How did you join ITE?
During the 2018 summer I was given an Internship with the City of Gilroy as a Transportation Intern. This internship sparked my interest in the Transportation field. When school was back in session, I decided that I wanted to be more involved in clubs and societies. I heard about the ITE student chapter at Cal Poly Pomona and immediately decided that is where I wanted to spend my time. I am very happy that I did because ITE has given me so many opportunities and connections that I will continue to use throughout my career. I encourage as many people as I can to join organizations because of the experience that I have had in ITE. I hope to continue to learn throughout my involvement with ITE.

What do you like about your ITE position?
Currently I am a member of the Cal Poly Pomona ITE student chapter. This experience has made me grow as a person not only in my education, but personally as well. I have been elected to be the 2019-2020 Student Chapter President. I am very excited to be taking on this role because I want to give back to people what ITE has given to me. I am looking to get more underclassmen involved in ITE early on because that is one thing I with I would have done. I look forward to working with the current president as well as the upcoming board to make these dreams a reality.

Dream job?
My dream job is to on day be a City Engineer for any City. Since my first internship with the City of Gilroy I have fallen in love with the Public sector. I prefer this side of the engineering field because you get to directly work with the citizens in a community and can have more control of the outcome of a project. I have since started to make my name known in the Public sector. I am now an intern at the City of Fontana with hopes of moving into an Assistant Engineer position soon. My plan is to work my way up from an intern to an Assistant Engineer then an Associate Engineer and hopefully become a City Engineer one day. I want to be able to make decisions that will have a direct impact on society.

Ways in which your student chapter has benefited from the Student Endowment Fund?
The Cal Poly Pomona student chapter has greatly benefited from the Student Endowment Fund. Because of this fund we are able to send student to conferences such as the Student Leadership Summit. This year I was given the opportunity to attend the Student Leadership Summit in Berkeley, California. There is was able to make great connections with professionals and other ITE members. This has given me the chance to expand my network and continue to learn more about the Transportation field.


Lauren Takeyama
4th Year, Civil Engineering Major

How did you join ITE?
After finishing my transportation courses at CPP, I was inspired by my professor’s passion for transportation that I wanted to get involve myself and learn more about the field. That same year I ran into ITE’s Webmaster who offered if I would like a position as Membership Chair for the club. Since then I have become an active member and have been enjoying immersing myself in the transportation industry and the opportunities our club has to offer.

What do you like about your ITE position?
As project manager I was very eager to start my job. Since being involved in the 2017 Data Collection Fund and hearing about our 2017 PSWC Transportation Competition victory, I wanted to continue involvement in these projects and to give students the opportunity to participate this year. The best part about organizing these projects was being able to work with other students and forming meaningful relationships which will follow me after college. Working late hours and feeling the excitement of submitting a report in the nick of time has only strengthen our camaraderie amongst each other. Through our group efforts our team was able to bring home 3rd place at the 2019 PSWC Transportation Competition and has inspired two team members to be project managers for next year. I have learned valuable technical and interpersonal skills and feel so grateful to have been involved. This position has given me a memorable experience that I will never forget.

Dream job?
My dream job involves anything that will improve the safety of the public while creating an efficient and environmentally friendly system. I want to pursue a career in transportation since it allows me to make a direct difference in people’s lives. The dream is to one day be capable of making my ambitions real and to facilitate the technological advances that will improve our transportation infrastructure.

Ways in which your student chapter has benefited from the Student Endowment Fund?
Thanks to the Student Endowment Fund, we have been able to send students to attend conferences and meetings each year. In the past, I have been able to attend the 2018 and 2019 Student Leadership Summit in Portland, OR and Berkeley, CA, as well as, anticipating to attend the 2019 Western District Annual Meeting in Monterey, CA. The Student Endowment Fund has given our members a great opportunity to engage with other students and professionals interested in the same field, and has led many of our members to internship and job opportunities.


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