ITE student chapter makes history with Western District win

In the history of The Institute of Transportation Engineers Collegiate Traffic Bowl, only one team has won the Western District Competition twice. BYU’s ITE Student Chapter made history when they became regional champions for the second time.

This summer, the Cougars competed in the Western District Jeopardy-style Collegiate Traffic Bowl in Phoenix, where they won their second regional title. It took overcoming a 1,200 point deficit and the final round answer for BYU to beat the other 10 teams.

“I am very pleased with the team’s performance,” said Dr. Grant Schultz, a civil engineering professor and the team’s faculty advisor. “They represented BYU well, as they always do.”

The 2013 team of civil engineers, who competed at both the Western District and international competitions, consisted of Trevor Briggs, Seishi Yamagata, Shawn Larson, Jacob Farnsworth (alternate) and Dr. Grant Schultz (advisor). Two years ago, BYU’s team won the Western District competition in Anchorage, AK, and went on to win the International competition in St. Louis, MO.

“The competition was Jeopardy style,” said Yamagata. “There were some things I didn’t know but my teammates knew. Each of us have different backgrounds, so as a team we helped each other.”

The objectives of the ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl are to encourage students to become more active members in ITE, to enhance their knowledge of the traffic/transportation engineering and planning profession, and to strengthen the programs of the ITE student chapters. More information about the ITE International Collegiate Traffic Bowl is available on the ITE website at the following address:


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