The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter at Texas A&M (TAMU-ite) is preparing for an international competition next month after winning the Texas District Traffic Bowl in June.
The four-member TAMU-ite team includes two graduate research assistants with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), Xiaoyu (Sky) Guo and Jayson Stibbe. The team’s coach, Kartikeya Jha, is a research associate with TTI. The team defeated both The University of Texas at Austin and Arlington ITE chapters in order to advance to ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl, which will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Aug. 21.
“The competition is a Jeopardy!–style format, with subjects that all involve transportation,” Guo explains. The Traffic Bowl covers materials from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Transportation Planning Handbook, the Highway Safety Manual, etc. “It’s a great platform for transportation engineering students and researchers to learn and have fun at the same time. The Traffic Bowl is fast paced, and we’re thankful for our coach, who has experience at these competitions and led the chapter’s winning team in 2016.”
A total of nine district winners from around the country and Canada will compete in the ITE International Collegiate Traffic Bowl. TAMU-ite has won a total of 6 Texas district competitions and one international event since the Traffic Bowl began in 2010.