STEP Students Attend ITE Leadership Summit in Berkeley CA
Author: Civil Engineeirng
Posted: February 9, 2019

Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP) provided funding to send four students to represent PSU at the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Western District Student Leadership Summit held at the University of California, Berkeley, on January 25-27, 2019. Activities included a technical tour of bicycle infrastructure, technical presentations discussing autonomous vehicles, equity, and Uber, and leadership and professional development sessions. The students are pictured here from left to right: Santiago Espinosa Wild is a second year master's student in Civil Engineering; his focus is in transportation. He is the current president of the STEP ITE student chapter at Portland State University. He has done research regarding pedestrian and motor vehicle behavior on crosswalks at busy streets in Portland. Stephanie Lonsdale is finishing her Master of Urban & Regional Planning degree with a focus in transportation. Access to transit and New Mobility policy are her topics of choice in confusing friends and family back in Oklahoma, though improving urban transportation for social upward mobility is at the core of her professional objectives. Polina Polikakhina is a fourth year civil engineering student, originally from Russia. She is passionate about making transportation systems more convenient and safe for bicycles and pedestrians. Mike McQueen is a first year master’s student in Transportation Engineering from Detroit, Michigan. His research involves e-bikes, bike share, and active transportation as access/egress modes to transit. This was Mike’s first time in the Bay Area.