2020 ITE Student Leadership Summit
January 31 2020 - February 02 2020
University of Southern California University of California, Los Angeles

ITE SLS 2020

 The 7th annual Student Leadership Summit will be co-hosted by the ITE student chapters at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.


Join us for a weekend of presentations, networking, and social events as SLS brings together students, industry professionals, and academic experts in the urban planning and transportation engineering community. 





Friday: January 31, 2020 

2:00 - 5:00               Technical Tour: LA Metro Expresslanes / Yard Tour

5:00 - 6:00               Break

6:00 - 9:00               Social Event : The Lab

Saturday: February 1, 2020

7:00 - 8:00               Breakfast/Check-In

8:00 - 8:45                Welcome Ceremony 

9:00 - 10:00            Student Discussion: Recruitment & Leadership Training

10:00 - 10:30          Year in Review: ITE Student Chapters

10:30-11:30                Team Building Exercises (Session 1)

11:30-1:00                   Lunch/Industry Speaker

1:00 - 2:30                 Speed Interviews

2:45 - 4:00                 Team Building Exercises (Session 2)

4:00 - 5:00               Career Fair

6:00-8:00                Dinner Banquet

Sunday: February 2, 2020

8:00 - 9:00               Breakfast/Guest Speaker

9:00 - 10:00             Panel Discussion:  The Future of Transportation

10:15-11:30                   Technical Sessions

11::30 - 12:00              Photos

12:00-1:30                   Lunch/Final Keynote

1:30-2;00                     Closing Ceremony



Walter Okitsu

Walter Okitsu is the co-founder of KOA Corporation, a traffic engineering and transportation planning consulting firm. Founded in 1987, KOA Corporation is one of the leading traffic engineering and transportation planning and design firms in California. Okitsu was the inaugural awardee of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Western District Individual Achievement Award in 1998. At UCLA, Okitsu teaches Civil and Environmental Engineering 181: Traffic Engineering Systems where he aims to instill in students a full understanding of traffic and transportation engineering.

Evelyn Blumenberg

Evelyn Blumenberg is a professor of Urban Planning in UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs where she also directs the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. Her research examines transportation and its relationship to poverty. She holds a BA in political science from the UC, Berkeley, and a MA and Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.

Genevieve Giuliano

Dr. Genevieve Giuliano is Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government in the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, and Director of the METRANS Transportation Center.  Her research areas include relationships between land use and transportation, transportation policy analysis, travel behavior, and information technology applications in transportation. Current research includes examination of relationships between urban form, online shopping behavior, and local freight demand; market potential for zero emission trucks; reducing local impacts of truck traffic, and applications for transportation system analysis using archived real-time data. She has published over 180 papers. And has won numerous awards.

Donald Shoup

Donald Shoup is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. His research has focused on transportation, public finance, and land economics.


David Roachford

David Roachford has been a transportation consultant with Gibson Transportation for the last three years. In his time with Gibson, he has prepared and reviewed multiple traffic and parking studies for clients such as Westfield, USC, and the City of Monrovia. 


David graduated from USC in 2017 with a degree in Sustainable Planning and minor in Spatial Studies. He has previously interned with LADOT and conducted research on gentrification in rail transit neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

Paul Lee

Paul plans and procures renewable energy projects to meet LA’s clean energy goals. He has assisted in long-term planning for electric vehicle penetration. Paul graduated from UCLA with his B.S. in 2015 and obtained his M.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2016.

Tiffany Huang

Tiffany graduated from UCLA in 2014 in Civil Engineering and was involved in UCLA ITE from 2011-2014. She works on transportation projects for agencies across the U.S., focusing on planning and implementing transportation technology solutions. She is most interested in providing access to safe, sustainable, and efficient mobility to all through leveraging advances in technology.


In 2017, she founded an organization for young professionals in transportation technology (ITSCA Young Professionals Group), which provides a forum for young professionals to learn more about the industry while networking with other passionate young professionals. She serves as the President of the Los Angeles chapter and provides support for two additional chapters across California.

Griffin Kantz

Griffin Kantz BS '17 (USC) served as the President of the USC ITE student chapter while an undergraduate in the Policy, Planning, and Development program. He is now a Master of City Planning student at MIT and a research assistant at the MIT Civic Data Design Lab.

Robert Campbell

Robert graduated with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA (BS '07) before continuing on to UC Berkeley to obtain his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering in 2012. He now works as a transportation planning manager focusing on ExpressLanes operations at LA Metro.



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Getting to Sls


Friday Social Event (The Lab @ USC):

Parking: Parking is available for $14 (entire night) at the nearby USC Hotel Parking Lot.

Driving: If you are planning on driving to SLS, there are all day parking passes available for $13/day.

Public Transportation: Alternatively,  there are many public transit routes that lead to UCLA.


From DTLA: Take the Metro-LA 720 Line towards Santa Monica. The closest stop to UCLA is Beverly Glen/Wilshire. From there, you can take the BigBlueBus Lines 1,2, and 8 to avoid walking.


From Best Western: Take the Culver City Bus Line 6/6R from the Sepulveda/Santa Monica stop towards Westwood. The closest stop to UCLA is the Westwood/Weyburn stop. 


There are several hotels within close proximity to UCLA, if you plan on staying near campus for ease of transportation. 

Our hotel partners have generously provided discounted room rates for SLS attendees:


Best Western Royal Palace Inn & Suites

Discount Room Rate: $175/night (self-booking)


2528 S Sepulveda Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90064


UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center

Room Rate: $284/night (self-booking)


425 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

(855) 522-8252

Other options: 

Holiday Inn Express West Los Angeles

(Current Rate: $180/night)

Local AirBnBs

(Prices are Variable)


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