ITS America

Student Essay Competition

ITS America Student Essay Competition

Sponsored by the Southwest Research Institute, the Student Essay Competition is designed to encourage student interest and future participation in the development of ITS solutions. The objective of the essay competition is to provide an opportunity for today’s transportation and engineering students to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking and enjoyable competition and to build awareness of ITS as a career path with unlimited potential.

Each year, students from all of the country respond to a variety of topics and provide their insight to the ITS industry. Students are an important part of the continued development of the ITS industry, a field of expertise that is vitally important to the future of our nation’s economic infrastructure and quality of life.

“The student essay competition encourages students around the U.S. to take a more active interest in the application of advanced technologies to transportation by challenging them to focus theirconcepts and ideas.  We are proud to be a part of this ITS America initiative to foster and encourage the advanced technology consultants and solution providers of tomorrow.” — Steve Dellenback, Ph.D, PMP, Southwest Research Institute
 

Recognition and Prizes

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners receive $1,500, $1,000, and $500 respectively.

Additional recognition includes:

  • All winners receive a complimentary full registration to attend the ITS America Annual Meeting and Exposition.
  • The 1st place winner is invited to attend the awards ceremony at the ITS America Annual Meeting and Exposition and be assisted financially to cover trip expenses.
  • Winners have the opportunity to present their essay at the dedicated Interactive Session area in the exhibit hall.
  • Winning essays are displayed on the Student Essay Competition Web page of ITS America’s website.
  • All winners are featured in nationally-distributed press releases and ITS America social media platforms.

Past Winners

2016 Winners

First place: Daniel. J. Fagnant, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
Paper title: “Environmental Implications for Autonomous Shared Vehicles Using Agent-based Model Simulation”

Second place: Sayanan Sivaraman, University of California
Paper title: “Cooperative Intelligent Vehicles: Are we there yet?”

Third place: Edward Offei, University of Wyoming
Paper title: “ITS Technology to Reduce Truck Overturn Crashes Due to High Winds at Bordeaux, Wyoming”

2015 Winners

First place: Chris Fitzpatrick, University of Missouri-Columbia
Paper title: “Enhancing Commercial Vehicle Safety and Emissions Reduction by the use of Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication in Tractor-Trailer Platoons

Second place: Hyoshin Park, University of Maryland College Park
Paper title: “Innovative Applications of Bluetooth Technology on Arterial Roads”

Third place: Fakharian Qom, Florida International University
Paper title: “Assessing the Impact of Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (CACC) Technology in Managed Lanes Using Dynamic Traffic Assignment

2014 Winners

First place: Mizanur Rahman, Clemson University
Paper title: “A Dynamic Routing Strategy in a Cooperative Vehicle Environment”

Second place: Billy Kihei, Georgia Institute of Technology
Paper title: “Sustaining V2V with Software Defined Radio & Modular Computing Architecture”

Third place: Lacey Kaare, Michigan Technological University
Paper title: “Attitudes and the American Way: Barriers to Fully Automated Vehicles”

2013 Winners

First place: Daniel. J. Fagnant, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin
Paper title: “Environmental Implications for Autonomous Shared Vehicles Using Agent-based Model Simulation”

Second place: Sayanan Sivaraman, University of California
Paper title: “Cooperative Intelligent Vehicles: Are we there yet?”

Third place: Edward Offei, University of Wyoming
Paper title: “ITS Technology to Reduce Truck Overturn Crashes Due to High Winds at Bordeaux, Wyoming”

2012 Winners

First place: James Wong, EIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Paper title:  Facing the Barriers to Real-time Integrated Multimodal Traveler Information in American Metropolitan Areas

Second place: Kshitij Jerath,  Penn State University, Department of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering – Larson Transportation Institute
Paper title: Cooperative Intelligent Vehicles:  Are we there yet?

Third place: Laura Black, University of Delaware, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Center for Transportation
Paper title: Towards Social Media & Web 2.0