2019 Award Winners
STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION
Turn your knowledge of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) into CASH and win national recognition. ITS America and Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) are proud to partner once again for the 10th annual 2019 ITS Student Essay Competition. This competition serves as an opportunity for today's transportation, engineering, and public policy students to apply their knowledge in a thought-provoking manner for a chance to win scholarship money, while building awareness of the high-tech transportation industry as a limitless career path.
2019 ESSAY TOPIC:
How do you envision disruptive consumer technology will affect transportation systems to make them safer, greener, and/or smarter?
THE 2018 STUDENT ITS ESSAY WINNER:
“Safety, Intelligence, and Efficiency in Transportation: Meeting the Future Needs of Intelligent Mobility Through Disruptive Technologies” by Gregory Jankord, The Ohio State University
BEST OF ITS AWARDS
The ITS America's competitive "Best of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Award" annually recognizes organizations that have implemented the most advanced transportation projects in the transportation and technology industry. This program aims to distinguish organizations whose projects demonstrate specific and measurable outcomes and exemplify innovation. In 2019, ITS America will award a Best Project winner supporting the event's theme of Integrated Mobility.
2019 Best of ITS Award Winner
Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority Connected Vehicle Pilot Project
HNTB and Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida
ITS AMERICA HALL OF FAME AWARD
The ITS Hall of Fame was established to recognize those whose contributions to the intelligent transportation profession and service to ITS America have been significant, substantial and long-standing. Inductees are selected annually based on their leadership in the intelligent transportation arena. Recipients personify achievement in the ultimate standards for a leader in the ITS field.
2019 ITS America Hall of Fame Winner - FREDERICK “BUD” WRIGHT, AASHTO
Bud Wright was most recently the Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), a non-profit, non-partisan association that supports and represents the interests and missions of state DOTs. As AASHTO’s Executive Director, Wright led a staff of 120 professionals who support the organization’s members in the development of transportation solutions that create economic prosperity, enhance quality of life and improve transportation safety in U.S. communities, states and the nation as a whole.
Wright was a transportation policy consultant prior to his appointment in 2012 to lead AASHTO. He served as Executive Director of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001 to 2008, assisting the Administrator in establishing policies, programs and priorities for the $40 billion annual Federal-aid highway program. As FHWA’s chief operating officer, he was also responsible for a workforce of more than 2,500 transportation professionals and an annual operating budget of $400 million. Wright served in a number of positions during his career with FHWA including program manager for safety and director of the Office of Budget and Finance, where he worked extensively on the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). In 1992, he became the first non-engineer to serve as an FHWA state-level Division Administrator.
ITS AMERICA sTATE cHAPTER AWARDS
ITS America State Chapter Awards are given annually to the State Chapters that have demonstrated a superb level of programming, fostered the highest qualities of leadership among its members, advocated for ITS solutions at the state and regional levels, and provided outstanding value overall to its membership.