Professional and Career Development

Young Leaders to Follow for 2024

ITE is proud to announce our fourth class of Young Leaders to Follow with the selection of the Class of 2024. 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, Sam Harris, P.E. (M) who was selected from this group of awardees. Sam Harris is a recognized leader in the field of transportation engineering, particularly noted for his contributions to traffic safety and operational improvements across Georgia. His dedication is reflected in his leadership roles within ITE and his proactive involvement in various high-impact projects at the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). He is also the Southern District Rising Star and the Council Leadership Team Young Member of the Year.

Young Member of the Year for 2024

Sam Harris, P.E. (M)
Assistant State Traffic Engineer
Georgia Department of Transportation
Southern District Rising Star
Council Leadership Team Young Member of the Year

Young Leaders to Follow for 2024

Shofiq Ahmed, P.E., PTOE (M)
Senior Traffic Engineer 


Afera Asif (M)
Project Manager


Bryan Bartnik, P.E. (M)
Traffic Design Manager
Tennessee Department of Transportation 


Claudio Figueroa, P.E., PTOE (M)
Transportation Engineer
Burgess & Niple, Inc. 
Florida Puerto Rico District Rising Star 


Kayla Fleskes-Lane (M)
Transportation Engineer
DKS Associates 
Western District Rising Star 


Nikhila Gunda (M)
Associate Researcher (Senior Transportation Planner)
University of Kansas Transportation Center
Missouri Valley District Rising Star 


Mark Hearson, P.Eng., RSP1 (M)
Transportation Engineer


Carrie Long, AICP (M)
Senior Planner
Toole Design 
Mid-Colonial District Rising Star 


Alex Magdaleno (M)
Transportation Engineering Technician
K Friese and Associates | Lochner 


Scott Nelson, P.E., PTOE (M)
Transportation Engineer
Texas Department of Transportation
Texas District Rising Star 


Cara O'Donnell, P.E., PTOE, RSP1 (M)
Traffic/ITS Engineer
IronStride Solutions 
Mountain District Rising Star 


Sunday Okafor (M)
Graduate Research Assistant
Alabama Transportation Institute


Destiny Piper, P.Eng. (M)
Transportation Engineer
KGS Group 
ITE Canada Rising Star 


Sofia Pollmann, P.E. (M)
Project Engineer
Toole Design 


Shraddha Praharaj, Ph.D., EI (M)
Transportation Engineer
City of Frederick, MD, USA


Monica Shei, P.E., PTOE (M)
Transportation Engineer
Jacobs Engineering 
Great Lakes District Rising Star 


Hasnain Ali Syed (M)
Traffic Engineer
Northeastern District Rising Star


Khelen Upadhyay, P.Eng. (M)
Project Manager - Transportation and Special Projects
City of Delta, British Colombia, Canada


Sahan Wijayaratna (M)
Senior Manager, Strategic Frameworks
Transport for NSW 
Australia and New Zealand Section Rising Star