2017-2018 Executive

Abby Scaletta - President

Abby has just begun her Master's degree in Transportation Engineering and this will be her fourth year with the chapter. Last year she served as Vice President and created this super cool website and created the national hashtag #ITETransportTuesday for interesting weekly articles (mild exaggeration). The year prior she was Community Chair where her and her team ran a number of successful events. Abby also works part time with the U of M Office of Sustainability to help out with transportation initiatives on campus.

In her undergraduate degree, Abby was involved with Concrete Toboggan, Steel Bridge Design, Students for Sustainability, U of M Engineering Society, and others. Abby is a proud advocate of active transportation as she cycles to work and school. In her spare time she loves the outdoors and recently hiked the West Coast Trail.

Karalee Klassen Townsend - Vice President

Karalee has just started her Master's degree in Transportation Engineering at the University of Manitoba. This past summer she worked as a co-op student with Manitoba Infrastructure in their Traffic Engineering Branch where her main focus was roadside safety. This topic really opened her eyes to the importance and benefit of transportation safety research. She hopes to continue to expand her knowledge in various areas of transportation engineering through being a part of ITE this year.

This is Karalee’s third year as a member of the ITE Student Chapter. She enjoyed organizing social and fundraising events for the chapter last year and is excited to be vice-president this year. Look out for her #ITETransportTuesday posts on our Facebook and Twitter!

In addition to this chapter she has also been a member of Students For Sustainability where she had the opportunity to travel to Honduras to construct a rainwater filtration system and kitchen structure at a rural elementary school. She is also looking forward to being an alumni adviser for the Steel Bridge Design team this year. In her spare time Karalee enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors exploring, and her cat Nala.

Giuseppe Grande - Treasurer

Giuseppe Grande is a third year graduate student, working on a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering at the U of M. This will be Giuseppe's fourth year in the student chapter. He has served as Secretary, President, and Community Chair in the past and is looking forward to adding his experience to the group for another year.

Giuseppe was the recipient of the John Vardon Memorial Transportation Scholarship from CITE in 2016. He presented his research on data visualization at the North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference in 2016. His research on truck traffic volume estimation earned him a presentation at CITE's 2016 annual meeting in Kelowna and a publication in the Transportation Research Record in 2017.

Sakher H. Ghanem - Secretary

Sakher H. Ghanem is a third year Civil Engineering student. This is his first year as a member of the ITE student chapter. Sakher is looking forward to take a part in the student chapter's activities and responsibilities in order to help improving the student chapter and to learn more about Transportation Engineering.

Sakher is interested in the transportation information and analysis systems. Although Sakher has yet to take any transportation courses, his interest in transportation comes from his belief that transportation affects every aspect in our lives. He hopes to be able to research and work in the transportation field in the future.

Jashandeep (Jashan) Singh Bhullar - Technical Chair

Jashandeep Singh Bhullar is a 5th year undergraduate student. This is his third year as ITE student chapter member. Jashan became interested in the transportation aspect of civil engineering through the transportation courses he took during his undergraduate studies. This is also how he found out about ITE and become part of it in 2015.

He served as a fundraising committee member of the student chapter last year and is looking forward to take on new responsibilities as technical chair of the ITE student chapter this year. He will be arranging technical tours and interesting guest lectures from industry for this year.

Through his past work terms, he has gained experience in Geotechnical Engineering. He is interested in the new expansion and design considerations for the road networks such as how the underlying soil conditions effect the rail/road design within the harsh Canadian climate. He is interested in exploring the huge transportation industry and the latest developments shaping this industry.

Linda Duch - Community Chair

Linda is a second year Civil Engineering Student at the University of Manitoba, and is also a recent Structural Engineering Technology graduate. This is her first year joining the ITE student chapter, and is eager to contribute to the chapter and to learn more about Transportation Engineering. Linda has interned at the Traffic Signals Branch for the City of Winnipeg as a technical assistant, and was able to learn about traffic signal maintenance and intersection construction.

Furthermore, Linda is also apart of the Steel Bridge Design team this year. She is excited to be apart of new student groups and to work with her peers.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys travelling and has recently visited Montreal, QC.

Sachdeepak (Sunny) Dhillon - Social/Fundraising Co-Chair

Sunny Dhillon is a third-year Civil Engineering student. This is his first year in the ITE student chapter. Together with his friend Deep, they ran for the position of Fundraising/Social Chairs to actively participate in the chapter. Sunny is looking forward to planning fundraising and social events throughout the year for the chapter.

Sunny hopes to get a glimpse into the Transportation Engineering industry through ITE. He is yet to take any transportation courses in his undergraduate studies but looks forward to soaking in every bit of information from the technical lectures, tours, and conferences. Sunny spent the past summer with the City of Winnipeg as a Co-op student where he worked in the Land Drainage and Flood Protection Branch.

In his spare time Sunny likes to spend time outdoors, camping, exploring, running, and playing ultimate!

Deep Kothari - Social/Fundraising Co-Chair

Deep is in his third year in the Civil Engineering program at the University of Manitoba. This is his first year as a member of the ITE Student Chapter. Deep hopes to gain knowledge regarding the transportation field prior to taking the transportation courses in his final years.

He is looking forward to his new role as Fundraising/Social Co-Chair with his friend Sunny and is eager to plan fun and exciting events in the upcoming year.

Dr. Jeannette Montufar, Ph.D., P.Eng, FITE - Faculty Advisor

Jeannette Montufar is a professional engineer registered in Manitoba and Alberta, and a Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Jeannette is also Principal of MORR Transportation Consulting, a firm specializing in road safety, freight transportation, and pedestrian accommodation in road infrastructure. She has done extensive work in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America on projects dealing with these topics.

Jeannette is the past-president of CITE and has been involved with ITE since 1995, serving on every position of Manitoba’s Executive before being elected to the National Committee. She is also involved with a number of professional organizations, including the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB), where she is a member of the Pedestrian Committee and past-chair of the Truck Size and Weight Committee. She is also a Board member of the International Forum for Road Transport Technology, and former Chair of TAC’s Scholarship Committee. Between 2010 and 2011, Jeannette received 10 awards for her commitment to research, education, and service. Among these are: the 2012 Manitoba YMCA/YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Leadership and Management, a University of Manitoba Award of Merit for Research and Service, and TAC’s Educational Achievement Award. Jeannette is passionate about her graduate students and the Student Chapter, and works tirelessly to guide and assist with the over 50 activities that the Chapter undertakes every year.