Institute of Transportation Engineers: Australia and New Zealand Chapter

Student Leadership Summit 2018
Featuring the Inaugural Australian Traffic Bowl

In September of 2018, the inaugural ITEANZ Transportation Engineering Student Leadership Summit (SLS) will be held in Melbourne. The summit is a scaled version of the SLS model that Student Chapters of the Institute of Transport Engineers (ITE) initiated in North America in 2012. These summits provide forums for students to practice presenting their research projects, learn about the profession; and network with their peers and professionals. Students and professionals alike have hailed the SLS initiative in North America as a success, in terms of engaging and elevating young leaders in the transportation profession.


It is now time to extend this opportunity to future industry leaders in Australia. While the 2018 summit targets students at Victorian Universities, the ITEANZ is treating it as a pilot with a view to extend the initiative to students across Australia and New Zealand in subsequent years.



The long-term vision for the ITEANZ SLS summits are that they will:

  1. Foster future transport industry leaders;
  2. Provide and engaging forum for students; and
  3. Promote interdisciplinary and interstate connections.


In order to foster future transport industry leaders, the conference is designed to:

  • Facilitate discussion on current issues and trends in the transport industry,
  • Inspire passion and enthusiasm for pathways in the transportation profession; and
  • Provide development opportunities for students through interaction with current professionals.


Furthermore, the conference will provide an engaging forum where students can:

  • Meet like-minded students from other universities, disciplines and geographies,
  • Present research and project work and receive constructive feedback,
  • Pitch unique perspectives and ideas on current issues, providing professionals with new angles for discussion; and
  • Enjoy interacting in a supportive and unique environment typically not extended to undergraduate students

About us

Laura Aston

SLS Chair

Laura Aston is a PhD Student at Monash University, Board member of the ITE ANZ, and a part-time transport planner at Transport for Victoria. Laura is passionate about extending opportunities for engagement offered by Student Leadership Summits, pioneered by North American Student chapters in 2012, to Australia and New Zealand tertiary students.

Laura is the founding Chair of the ITEANZ Student Leadership Summit and Traffic Bowl. With the help of North American colleagues, and support from the ITEANZ and international Board, Laura is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Outreach, Project Management and Finance working groups of the ITEANZ SLS team.

Three fun facts about Laura:
- Training for her first marathon
- Francophile and francophone
- Loves growing and cooking fresh produce

Jonathan Bryce

SLS Project Management

I am currently completing my final year of a Commerce/Engineering degree at Monash University majoring in Business Modelling and Civil Engineering.

My role on the team is multifaceted, I play an integral role in project management, including tasks such as organising and running meetings, developing schedules and providing team leadership. I am also responsible for expansion and growth of the student leadership summit. With aspirations of holding a national conference in 2019, I am seeking to develop relationships with student and Universities across Australia.

Fun Facts:
-studied at the top Turkish university in Istanbul for 6 months
-a two-time Fantasy Football Champion, which is explained by my love of stats and footy
-actively working on a new carpooling solution for Monash University.

Seyed arash fatemi

SLS Webmaster

Arash is a master’s student studying Transport Engineering at Monash University and is a member of the ITEANZ Executive Board. He holds a bachelor of Civil Engineering and has a keen interest in traffic and transport field.

In the SLS team, Arash is responsible for creating and maintaining SLS’s webpage.

Here is some fun facts about him:
-loves mango
-interested in off-road rallies
-Flamenco Guitar Player

Tyler O'Hare

SLS University Liaison

Tyler is a final year Civil Engineering student at Monash University with a passion for the transport sector.

He loves cycling and own three bikes. They are like shoes, there is a bike for each occasion. He traveled to Asia in June on Monash Universities first ever Engineering International Study Tour. Transport related of course!

Rahman Shafi

SLS Reporting and Evaluation

He completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 2016, and his interest in transport engineering and travel behaviour let him to pursue his PhD at the Monash Institute of Transport Studies . He is currently studying the travel behaviour and perceptions of South Asian immigrants in Victoria. His previous research included studying mini-roundabouts, which was presented to the City of Monash, and a paper was presented at the 2017 Australasian Transport Research Forum, winning the David Willis Memorial Prize.

3 fun facts:
- He never did Years 6 and 7; He jumped from Year 5 to Year 8.
- His younger sister was born eight years after he was . . . on the same day and month - June 15. So guess what, he never got any attention on his birthdays!
- He was born and raised in Bangladesh, but he dreamt of coming to Australia since Year 8, 2008, when his parents started sending him to the Australian International School, Dhaka. That came true when he joined Monash University in 2012.

Charles Fowler

SLS University Liaison​

Charles role is to act as liaison with universities so as to facilitate their involvement and get support for the student leadership summit.

Three fun facts about him as follows:
- Left Handed
- Twin
- Proficient in Chinese

Matthew Bennett

SLS Traffic Bowl

Matt Bennett will soon graduate from a Master of Engineering (Transport Systems Engineering) at RMIT. He also has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne majoring in Civil Systems. Matt has always loved transport, focusing his studies on vulnerable road user safety.

Matt is helping in in the project management team, particularly with the organisation of the pub trivia styled Traffic Bowl.

Fun facts
-Has simultaneously been a member of four choirs.
-Has lost by a significant margin to school children in rowing.
-Developed an Infrastructure Prioritisation Report for the share-house in which he lives.

Danielle Rebbechi

SLS Interstate Representative Logistics

Danielle is a recent graduate from the University of Melbourne (Masters of Civil Engineering) and is currently working within the Transport Planning, Logistics and Analytics team at SMEC. Danielle would like to use her engineering career to contribute to the design and optimisation of sustainable (particularly active and public) transport infrastructure and systems.

In the SLS team, Danielle is responsible for organising the logistics behind the attendance of interstate representatives.

Some fun facts:
- She is a passionate traveller
- She recently spent some time in Cambodia with Engineers without Borders, working towards developing a “tractor ride-share system” for local farmers
- Loves hiking and avocado

Simon Kogan

SLS Project Management

Simon is a current student at Monash University completing a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (Chinese Studies and Human Geography). Simon has a strong interest in urbanism and human centred design. Simon hopes to see cities of the future be more pedestrian and cyclist friendly and aspires to someday develop equitable and integrated public transport systems.

Simon’s role in the SLS team includes event logistics, planning and marketing.

Fun facts:
- Fluent in Russian and stumbling his way through Chinese
- Has a growing obsession with urban design and geopolitics
- Would love to live in another big city such as St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Shanghai, or Berlin

Atousa Tajaddini

SLS Budgeting

Atousa is a PhD student in transport studies at Monash University with a strong interest in autonomous vehicles, especially land use pattern evolution and different ways in which AVs could reshape our life style.

In the SLS team, Atousa is responsible for budgeting.

Fun Facts:
- Bookaholic
- Trip lover
- Having 4 years professional experience in microsimulation and transportation planning