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Southwest Research Institute sponsors ITS America 2016 Student Essay Competition

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San Antonio — April 5, 2016 — Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) will sponsor the Student Essay Competition of ITS America 2016 in San Jose, Calif., June 12-15. The competition encourages engineering students to help advance transportation technologies by sharing their ideas and concepts in an original essay.

“This is the fifth year of our sponsorship, and we continue to be impressed by the creativity expressed by the students in their essays,” said Dr. Steve Dellenback, executive director in SwRI’s Automation and Data Systems Division. “By taking an active role in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) challenges now, students are helping to set themselves up for success and contributing to an important industry that’s hungry for new and innovative ideas.”

The winning essay will be selected based on the thought-provoking insights expressed about the future of the intelligent transportation industry. The winning student will receive a $1,000 cash prize and complimentary registration to attend ITS America 2016 San Jose, including air and hotel expenses. The winning essays from 2015 highlighted vehicle platooning, Bluetooth® technology applied to roadways, and cooperative adaptive cruise control.

This year’s topics for the 2,000-word essay are: “How do you envision the city of the future (10-year horizon) will address transportation through the use of new innovative technologies?” or “How can existing and future ITS deployments benefit from the existence of big data and advancements in analytics?” Students interested in entering the competition must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university. Essays should be submitted as a Microsoft Word® attachment to by May 6, 2016.

The 2016 winner will be announced at ITS America 2016 San Jose on Sunday, June 12.

View the ITS America 2016 Student Essay Competition poster.

For more information, contact Rob Leibold, (210) 522-2258, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166.