Introducing the 2021–2022 STEP Leadership Board

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STEP engages PSU students in transportation issues through field trips, speakers, projects, and social events. The group works to build relationships and a shared understanding between transportation students from different disciplines, both within PSU and with other universities. Within STEP, students can also take on leadership roles in cultivating community and education around the transportation issues important to them. STEP is also home to PSU’s ITE student chapter, to help students stay connected to the local professional organization Oregon ITE (Institute of Engineers).

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Introducing the 2021 - 2022 STEP Leadership Board

A warm welcome to the new leadership board for STEP:

  • President - Cameron Bennett (MS Civil Engineering)
  • VP of Finance & Conferences - Asif Haque (MURP)
  • VP of Events - Nick Meusch (MURP)
  • VP of Communications - Christian Galiza (BS Civil Engineering)

Cameron Bennett (President)

I'm a first year masters student in transportation engineering. I am very excited to be on the leadership team at PSU ITE-STEP leadership team for the coming year. I owe much of my successes in my young career to the help I received through Oregon State University's ITE student chapter, and I hope to help bring more promising young students into the transportation engineering field while serving on the cabinet at PSU. I'm passionate about bicycle and pedestrian design, planning, and policy in urban environments and am very excited to be engaging with these topics hands-on with the industry-leading academics at Portland State. In my free time, you can usually find me on a bike, skis, vertical rock, or my own two feet moving quickly through the mountains.

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Asif Haque (VP of Finance and Conferences)

I'm a second-year graduate student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program. I am also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Transportation. My undergraduate background is in Environmental Studies, Journalism, and Economics. I'm excited to serve STEP as the VP of Finance & Conferences because I'll have the opportunity to expand students' awareness of and abilities to access scholarships, research positions, and academic and professional conferences.

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Nick Meusch (VP of Events)

Nick is a second-year student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program and third-year student in the Graduate Certificate in Transportation program at PSU. They are interested in vehicle electrification and the infrastructure needs required for implementation, supporting equitable shared micromobility, and planning and designing active transportation facilities. Nick was recently celebrated along with the other 2021 scholars during the American Public Transportation Association's TRANSform Conference as a 2021 American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) scholarship recipient. They currently work as a proposal manager for Elcon Associates, a minority-owned, electrical and systems engineering firm that performs consulting services for transit agencies operating rail transit systems (including TriMet and the Portland Streetcar). As the Events leader in ITE-STEP, Nick looks forward to broadening students' professional connections in order to provide a more equitable transportation workforce as well as attracting students in supportive fields such as electrical engineering to participate in the world of transportation.

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Christian Galiza (VP of Communications)

My name is Christian Galiza and I’m a junior in civil engineering. I’m excited to join STEP because it’s fascinating to think about the relationship between building sustainable infrastructure and transportation planning and its impact on how people move every day. Apart from wanting to create sustainable transportation solutions, I am an avid trail adventurer, natural wine lover, home gardener, and raw denim enthusiast.

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The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.

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