Abby Scaletta - President
Abby is going on to her second (and hopefully final) year of her Master of Science program in the Transportation Engineering group. She is starting her fifth (and final) year with the Chapter with a second term of presidency. In the past, Abby has served as Vice President and Community Chair where she initiated educational outreach events with middle school students.
While working on thesis, coursework, and ITE duties, she is also working part-time at Stantec Consulting. Abby is a proud advocate of active transportation as she often commutes on her bicycle and encourages others to get cycling too. In her spare time, she loves the outdoors and recently hiked the Mantario trail in just over 14 hours!
Karalee Klassen Townsend - Vice President
Karalee is in the second year of her Master's degree in Transportation Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Her thesis research is on traffic monitoring and she is passionate about transportation safety. Her work in the Traffic Engineering Branch at Manitoba Infrastructure and at MORR Transportation Consulting have given her opportunities to see the importance and benefits 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 fourth year as a member of the ITE Student Chapter. She enjoyed being VP so much last year that she decided to take on the same roll this year! Look out for her #ITETransportTuesday posts on our Facebook and Twitter!
In her spare time Karalee enjoys cooking, exploring the outdoors, and her cat Nala.
Michael Olfert - Treasurer
Michael is in the first year of his Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and his second year with the student chapter. During his undergraduate degree, he worked as a co-op student in construction supervision of municipal works and in transportation consulting. He is the current manager of the University of Manitoba’s Highway Traffic Information System.
Michael’s research into methods of obtaining truck weight data resulted in a poster presentation at the North American Travel Monitoring Exposition and Conference in 2018; his professional interests include freight transportation, traffic monitoring and operations, and cycling. In his spare time, he runs and reads books.
Parasdeep Kanda - Secretary
Parasdeep Kanda is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student at the University of Manitoba. This is his first year as a member of the ITE Student Chapter. He is currently perusing Transportation Engineering 1 at the university. He finds transportation engineering very exciting and wants learn to more about it through lectures, seminars, field trips, and talking with professionals. Parasdeep worked as research student in Pavement Engineering at the University of Manitoba. His project was building pavement smoothness specifications for the City of Winnipeg.
Parasdeep is excited for his new role as Secretary, and hopes to grasp all the skills required to become a successful engineer. He is looking forward to the exciting and fun year ahead.
Deep Kothari- Technical Chair
Deep is a fourth year Civil Engineering student at the U of M. This is his second year as a member of the ITE Student Chapter. Last summer, Deep worked as a summer student at the City of Winnipeg Water & Waste Department.
Deep hopes to expand his knowledge of the transportation engineering field by attending ITE events. He is looking forward to his new role as Technical Chair and is excited for another year of fun with the chapter.
In his spare time, Deep enjoys watching hockey and playing basketball.
Sachdeepak (Sunny) Dhillon - Community Chair & Social Fundraising Co-Chair
Sunny Dhillon is a fourth-year Civil Engineering student. This is his second year in the ITE student chapter. Sunny was previously the co-chair of the social and fundraising committee and is looking forward to contributing to the chapter as the community chair this year.
Through the Chapter, Sunny hopes to expand on his knowledge of the Transportation Engineering industry and make valuable connections with practicing professionals. Sunny spent the past summer with Hatch as a Co-op student.
In his spare time Sunny likes to spend time outdoors, camping, exploring, running, and playing ultimate!
Attila Hassan Zadeh Zenozi - Social Fundraising Co-Chair
Attila is starting the first year of his Ph.D. in transportation at the U of M. His research is on traffic monitoring via Bluetooth/Wi-Fi detectors. During his Masters, he went through almost all sub-fields of transportation to see everything that is going on in this area. He believes that being an executive member of ITE will help him to manipulate all the theoretical conclusions in reality and will also give him a practical view when trying to define his new research. Being in his first year of cooperation with ITE, he feels so excited to experience everything he can.
In his spare time (if he can find any), he loves to swim and read poems.
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.