Student Abstracts Selected to Represent the United States in Vehicle Safety Competition

Abstracts submitted by University of Alaska Fairbanks civil engineering students have been chosen to represent four of the six US teams for the regional competition of the 6th Bi-Annual Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC). This competition is part of the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV), which will take place in June of this year.

Under the guidance of Professor Dr. Nathan Belz, students in the “Introduction to Transportation Engineering” class identified important vehicle safety problems that Alaska and other similar regions face and then developed a concept for technologies to address those problems. Working in teams, the students focused on a variety of vehicle safety concerns ranging from driving under the influence to severe road conditions.

Those teams selected will now receive $2,000 to help develop functional models of their winning ideas. The prototypes will be evaluated in March and then, if chosen, the finalist will be selected and recognized at the June conference in Sweden.

Students Vehicle Safety Competion

Photo above: Students participating in the Student Safety Technology Design Competition. Photo courtesy of Nathan Belz.