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Something for Everyone

Remembering Einah
Reza M. Pelaez, P.E.
The Met Section has painfully felt
the loss of member Einah Reza M.
Pelaez, P.E., who was serving as
Section president at the time of
her passing on July 22, 2019. She
served as deputy traffic section
manager and associate at HDR. A member of the
ITE Met Section since 1999, Einah was a 2015
graduate of LeadershipITE. The Section has named
the Einah Reza M. Pelaez Young Professional
Award in her honor.

Einah was always full of life,
passion, empathy, and above
all, always willing to help
and mentor others. She was
a leader at the workplace,
in the industry, and within
her local community.
- Luigi Casinelli, P.E., PTOE (M)
Read more of the tribute at
http://bit.ly/EinahPelaez.

There's something for everyone when it comes to the ITE Metropolitan Section of New York
and New Jersey (Met Section), which has been in existence for more than 40 years. Member
engagement is a core strength for the Section, which serves densely populated areas of
New York and New Jersey and surrounding regions. Having a large number of volunteers
has enabled the creation of a wealth of events and activities that appeal to a wide range of
members. For example, Industry Day is a showcase of upcoming technologies and trends in
the industry from vendors and manufacturers alike-a re-envisioning of exhibit halls seen at
larger events, but in a more focused setting. Half- and all-day technical sessions invite experts
to present in panel sessions and share on the latest industry trends. Networking events abound
in the Met Section as well. The Start of Summer Networking event is held in a laid back, relaxed
setting to help build friendships and connections. Brownbag technical sessions take place
during lunch and include informal networking, particularly targeting public agencies.
The Met Section has several key committees to help recruit new members and provide
opportunities for engagement. The Membership Committee develops incentives to drive
recruitment, such as the creation of an annual raffle that awards an iPad to a new member.
The Student Outreach Committee is responsible for helping the Met Section maintain strong
relationships to its Student Chapters and academic institutions, and is the main group that
coordinates Student Chapter activities.
The Young Members Committee is responsible for events and activities geared toward
a younger audience. They host happy hours, game nights, park clean-ups, and have held
events in conjunction with other professional organizations. The Mentorship Committee
has been instrumental in building a path towards guidance and professional growth for
younger members. More recently, it launched a year-round mentorship program that includes
mentee-mentor pairings, group meetings, and special presenters/speakers who touch on
topics like horizontal and vertical career movements.
Focusing on issues of diversity and inclusion, the Section also has the D/M/W/SBE Committee-short for Disadvantaged/Minority/Women/Small Business Enterprise. Formed in 2020,
its goal is to help make the Met Section more inclusive for organizations that fall into these
categories. The group has brought in a number of D/M/W/SBE firms to participate and created
" program guides " that help describe the firms' areas of expertise and backgrounds. The committee also curated a sponsorship package for small businesses, which grants them several
sponsorship " perks " and increase their visibility at a significantly reduced cost.
When it comes to professional development, the Met Section is dedicated to ensuring its
members grow their careers. It has provided tremendous support to ITE's premiere leadership
program LeadershipITE (LITE). Two Section members chair the LITE Committee-Adam Allen,
P.E, PTOE, TSOS, IMSA II (F) and Keith Hall, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP, STP, IMSA II (M). The

Met Section Committee Volunteers and Executive Board.
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