Two teams of BYU Civil Engineering students won first place in competitions at this year’s Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Mountain District Conference. Students competed in two competitions: the Traffic Bowl and the Kell Competition. Students Camille Lunt, Logan Bennett and Bruce Wang placed first in the Traffic Bowl. Natalie Gray, Sami Lau and Bruce Wang took first place in the Kell Competition. Second place of the Kell Competition was awarded to another BYU team, comprised of students Logan Bennett, Justin Hunter and Camille Lunt.
In addition to winning the competitions, individual awards were given to students and faculty from BYU. Logan Bennett and Camille Lunt both received the Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate awards, respectively. BYU Civil Engineering professor Grant Schultz was awarded the ITE Outstanding Educator Award for the Mountain District.
The Traffic Bowl competition assesses students’ knowledge of transportation engineering in a Jeopardy!-style format. The challenge for the Kell Competition was to come up with a creative solution for an optimized day of travel and sightseeing on the island of Oahu, meeting certain criteria and using different transportation methods. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the conference was held virtually.
BYU’s winning Traffic Bowl team will advance to the national competition, scheduled to be held virtually on October 21, 2020, to compete against winning teams from other districts.