ITE Seeks Three Panel Members for Annual FHWA Student Paper Competition - $500 Honorarium

By Marianne Saglam posted 11 days ago

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are jointly administering an annual student research paper competition known as the Highway Safety Information System (HSIS) Excellence in Highway Safety Data Award Student Research Paper Competition. We are currently seeking three practicing transportation professionals or academicians interested in serving on a panel to review student paper submissions. Familiarity with the structure and application of HSIS data or other safety data systems is helpful but not required in order to serve in this role.

Panelist Selection and Responsibilities

  • Panelists will review and provide comments on approximately 8 to 10 papers (each 2,500–5,000 words in length) based on the following criteria: (1) objective of paper and emphasis on safety, (2) importance of HSIS data to paper topic, (3) soundness of methodology, (4) analysis of HSIS data, and (5) discussion of results.
  • Panelists will be responsible for conducting their evaluation from approximately March 27th to April 12th 2019.
  • The review process will use ITE's online electronic review system.
  • Each of the three selected panelists will receive a $500 honorarium.

How to Apply

Individuals wishing to be considered for the role of juror should submit a brief (one page maximum) statement of interest to Lisa Fontana Tierney at no later than 3:00 PM EST on Friday, March 22nd. Statements should include a brief summary of the individual's professional and educational backgrounds along with a statement describing specific knowledge and use of safety data sets. Jury members will be notified of their selection no later than April 3rd. Please use the subject header "HSIS Juror" with your submittal. Please note it may be necessary to recuse yourself from this role if it is determined that you are directly associated with an entrant or their university.

Additional Background Information

The objective of the competition is to promote the application and understanding of HSIS data in the collegiate setting to advance highway safety. The Award's goal is to encourage university students to use HSIS data with the intent of introducing potential future highway safety professionals to good quality safety data, the application of appropriate research methods to derive recommendations, and the practice of using data to make decisions.

HSIS is a safety database that contains crash, roadway inventory, and traffic volume data for a select group of states and cities. HSIS is used in support of the FHWA safety research program and provides input for program policy decisions. FHWA also provides HSIS data to professionals conducting research under the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, universities, and others studying highway safety. The award is open to undergraduate, graduate, or Ph.D. students in a degree-granting program in the U.S. Additional information on this awards program can be found on the HSIS website at:

Lisa Fontana Tierney P.E.
Traffic Engineering Senior Director
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Washington DC