2015 Western District Conference (Las Vegas, Nevada)

On July 18, 2015, ten students from the BYU ITE Student Chapter packed into a 12-passenger van and headed to the ITE Western District Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Conference was held at the Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip.

On Saturday, several students joined together to participate in the MITEy race through the Mile of Shops in the Planet Hollywood. Calvin Clark teamed up with Sarva Pulla and the Seats (Conor and Marlee) represented the BYU ITE Student Chapter. Sam Mineer teamed up with his dad, Donald Mineer. Although our teams did not place first, each team had fun running around the mall completing the tasks at each station.

On Sunday Morning, the students got up early to attend church and to visit the Las Vegas Temple. Afther the temple visit, the students returned to the Planet Hollywood for the James Kell Student Competition. The Kell Competition was hosted by Sacramento State. The activity included designing a roundabout and drawing it to scale on paper and with tape on the ground. After the design work, the teams raced around a life sized roundabout. Several BYU Students placed in the first and second place team (Greg Sanchez, Jordan Frustaci, Natalia Brown, Kevin Liang).The evening finished up with a Get Acquainted Social in the Exhibit Hall.

On Monday, theĀ attendees hear from Engineer Mike Hand and Soul Cyclist Rick Gunn. Dr. Schultz, Sam Mineer, and BYU-grad Jacob Farnsworth presented research conducted at BYU. Natalia Brown, Jordan Frustachi, and Greg Sanchez fought hard in the Western ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl, but were beat out by student from Oregon. After other technical sessions, the students gathered at the Margaritaville restaurant for Family Night.

On Tuesday, the students learned from peers and professionals during the Student Resume Review Workshop and the Young Professionals Career Development Workshop. In these sessions, students received one-on-one feedback on their resumes and learned tips for impressing future employers. In the Young Professionals Career Development, students watched examples of good and bad role-playing in real life situations (asking for a raise, asking for assistance to attend a conference, dealing with an “annoying” coworker). After relaxing for the afternoon and watching the professional traffic bowl, the students joined together for dinner and the Awards Banquet. After the dinner, the students took over the dance floor and danced until the DJ stopped playing music.

Before leaving Las Vegas on Wednesday, the students attended the last two sessions and attended the last lunch of the conference.

Throughout the conference, members of the BYU ITE Student Chapter won various awards and prizes for their work and participation in the conference. David Bassett received the award for the most Outstanding Graduate Student in ITE. The Student Chapter won the Student Chapter Website award, being awarded the golden flash drive and bragging rights for the best website. With the combined participation, the BYU ITE Student Chapter was recognized in third place for participation in the Western District Conference.

Photos from the conference are available online atĀ http://www.lvite2015.com/photos.html

The 2016 Western District Conference will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We look forward to seeing many students there!