In 1974, Ray Davis III inaugurated the Cal Poly student chapter of the Institute of Traffic Engineers. Cal Poly's Transportation Engineering department was soon absorbed into the Civil and Environmental Engineering department, and several years later the student chapter would be dormant until 2004.
In 2004, with the assistance of professor Ed Sullivan, the club was reinstated as the "Institute of Transportation Engineers". The professional Institute had changed the "T" in "ITE" from "Traffic" to "Transportation" during our chapter's inactive years, to better reflect the Institute's multimodal affiliations.
Since then, our membership and activity has grown considerably. We've transformed from a small collection of students meeting occasionally to over 100 members with biweekly general meetings, quarterly firm tours, and many social, academic, and community service events. In addition, we've seen increasing attendance at both the Western District and International Annual Meetings and have a growing reputation across the transportation field.