Transportation engineering and planning students participated in heated competition at the 4th Annual ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship during the 2013 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Annual Meeting and Exhibit. The competition took place on August 6th at the Sheraton Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl is a competition amongst ITE student chapters with transportation planning and engineering topics for the clues, questions, and answers. In its fifth year, the Collegiate Traffic Bowl Program has grown to feature the participation of student teams from 62 of 148 universities with ITE student chapters in the United States and Canada. These teams compete in section and district-level events for a chance to compete in the Grand Championship. More than 190 student members of ITE comprised the teams that competed in 2013.
The District Champion teams that competed in Boston were:
- University of Massachusetts-Amherst (3rd appearance)
- Penn State University (2nd appearance)
- Wayne State University (1st appearance)
- Iowa State University (1st appearance)
- University of Tennessee – Knoxville (1st appearance)
- Brigham Young University (2nd appearance, 2011 Champion)
- University of Manitoba (2nd appearance)
- Texas A&M University (4th appearance, 2010 Champion)
- University of Florida (3rd appearance)
In a hard fought battle that was decided by the final clue, the University of Florida team was declared the 2013 Grand Champion and received the $2,000 (US) prize. The University of Tennessee - Knoxville and Penn State University also advanced to the championship round and finish second and third respectively. All of the teams participating in the Grand Championship received, from ITE, a travel grant of $2,000 (US) and complimentary student registrations to participate in the International Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Boston.
The objectives of the ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl are to encourage students to become more active members in ITE, to enhance their knowledge of the traffic/transportation engineering and planning profession and of ITE itself, and to strengthen the programs of the ITE student chapters.
Plans have already begun for the 2014 ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Program with the Grand Championship to be conducted at the ITE International Annual Meeting and Exhibit to be held August 10-13, 2014 in Seattle, Washington, USA. To qualify for the Grand Championship, a team must first compete and win their district’s traffic bowl. For more information, be sure to visit ITE’s website at www.ite.org.
Submitted by: John Davis, ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Committee Chair