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Florida Puerto Rico District Holds Third Annual Student Leadership Summit
By Priyanka Alluri, P.E., Ph.D. (M), FIU-ITE
Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
The FIU-ITE (Florida International University)
Student Chapter organized and held the
Third Annual Florida Puerto Rico District ITE
Student Leadership Summit (SLS) in Miami,
FL, USA, from Feb 7-9, 2020. The SLS was
well-attended, with more than 70 students
and approximately 40 professionals from
across Florida.
The summit kicked off with a kayaking and
icebreaking session at FIU Biscayne Bay
Campus on Friday. The Welcome Session on
Saturday included a panel discussion with Dr.
Pablo Ortiz (FIU Vice President), ITE International Vice President Alyssa Rodriguez,
P.E., PTOE (F), Javier Rodriguez, execu-

tive director of the Miami-Dade Expressway
Authority, and Wilson Fernandez, deputy
director of the Miami-Dade Metropolitan
Planning Organization. Eric Rensel, (M),
vice president at Gannett Fleming, moderated the discussion. The second session on
"Professional Dilemmas" was very interactive.
Patrick Son, NOCoE managing director, gave
an excellent keynote address during lunch
and the students were captivated by his talk.
The afternoon session "Leading from Within"
focused on finding your inner leader. The
Traffic Bowl was one of the most exciting
sessions; a total of nine teams (six companies
and three ITE Student Chapters) competed in
the Jeopardy-style competition. The District
developed its own software (game board),
scoring system, and buzzer system to con-

duct the competition. Pete Yauch, P.E.,
PTOE, RSP2I (F) served as moderator. The
three finalists included: Gannett Fleming,
A&P, and the University of Florida.
The career fair, onsite interviews, and professional headshot sessions in the evening were
a great success. For the first time, they facilitated onsite interviews, and several students
loved the opportunity to be interviewed by
several companies in one day. The keynote
speaker during dinner was James Wolfe, Florida Department of Transportation District 6
secretary. He inspired the students so much
that they continued to talk about the keynote even a day later. The Traffic Bowl finals
were also during the dinner session and were
as entertaining as one could expect. A&P was
the winner.
Sunday morning's session focused on several team-building activities and the event
concluded. Each attendee left the SLS with
beautiful memories, great ideas and insights,
and many more friends.

ITE Talks Transportation Podcast
New from the Thought Leadership Series
Equity with Tamika L. Butler, Esq.
Tamika L. Butler, Esq., director of Equity and Inclusion at Toole Design, joins the ITE
Talks Transportation Podcast to discuss the critical issue of equity in transportation. She delves deep
into the challenges confronting transportation professionals when it comes to designing systems and
communities that are safer, more accessible, and more equitable for all, and discusses key disparities and
concerns currently at play in the industry.
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