Professional and Career Development

Young Leaders to Follow for 2023

ITE is proud to announce our second class of Young Leaders to Follow with the selection of the Class of 2023. The ITE Young Leaders to Follow program was designed to recognize and highlight talented ITE members under the age of 35 who have already made a mark on ITE and the transportation industry and are leaders to follow in the years to come. ITE is pleased to introduce these young members to the greater ITE Community and to celebrate their accomplishments.

ITE is also proud to recognize our Young Member of the Year, Noelle Rauer, P.E. (M) who was selected from this group of awardees. She is an outstanding leader who stands out amongst her colleagues and is a deserving Young Member of the Year. Noelle has remarkable leadership qualities, is highly active in ITE, and passionate about young members and students. Click here to view the full profiles.


Young Member of the Year for 2023

Noelle Rauer, P.E. (M)
Transportation Engineer, VHB
Southern District Rising Star




Young Leaders to Follow for 2023

Jose Capa Salinas (M)
Ph.D. Student, Purdue University

Rachel Dooley, P.E., PTOE (M)
Project Engineer, VHB
Northeastern District Rising Star


Meredith Emory, P.E., PTOE, IMSA II (M)
Senior Engineer & Project Manager, Olsson
Missouri Valley District Rising Star

Melissa Gende, P.E., PTOE (M)
Traffic Operations and Technology Engineer,
Colorado Department of Transportation
Mountain District Rising Star


Katherine E. Lee (M)
Transportation Engineer, CalTrans
Western District Rising Star

Chad Martin, P.E., PTOE (M)
KCI Technologies
Mid-Colonial District Rising Star


Usha Nadella (M)
Traffic Engineer, Arcadis
Florida Puerto Rico District Rising Star

Destiny Piper, P.Eng (M)
Transportation Engineer, KGS Group


Krista Purser, P.E. (M)
Senior Engineer, Kittelson

Danielle Rebbechi (M)
Project Manager, Strategic Projects
Victoria Department of Transportation
ITE-ANZ and Global District Rising Star


Ian Alexander Roth, P.Eng (M)
Senior Transportation Engineer,
Urban Systems Ltd
ITE Canada Rising Star

Souzan Saadat, M.Eng, P.Eng, PTOE (M)
Senior Transportation Engineer, Project Manager
Transportation Planning, WSP Canada


Cody Stone, P.E., PTOE (M)
Program Consultant/Consulting Engineer,
Transportation and Public Works Department,
City of Austin, TX
Texas District Rising Star

Francis Tainter, Ph.D. (M)
Research Assistant Professor
University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Aimee Turner, P.E., PTOE, IMSA, TSIII (M)
Traffic Engineering Department Manager, Croy

Matthew Vechione, Ph.D., EIT (M)
Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler


Cole G. Villalobos, P.E., PTOE, RSP2I (M)
Staff Engineer, Hubbell, Roth, & Clark, Inc.
Great Lakes District Rising Star

Joshua Wolfgram, P.E., PTOE, RSP1 (M)
Project Engineer, Mead & Hunt

Diwu Zhou, P.E., RSP1 (M)
Senior Transportation Engineer, 
Fehr & Peers
ITE Council Leadership Team Young Leader