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ITE student chapter scores first in Collegiate Traffic Bowl Southern District Competition

The NC State student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) took home gold in the ITE Collegiate Traffic Bowl Southern District Competition on April 8-9 in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

The competition involved teams of up to three students testing their knowledge of ITE, transportation planning and engineering topics and some fun categories. Schools from across the Southeast participated, including University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Alabama, Virginia Tech, Clemson University and Georgia Tech.

The NC State team, which includes Adam Fleischer, Davin Schmidt and Luke Letica, will advance to compete in the Collegiate Traffic Bowl Grand Championship on July 22 at the Joint ITE International and Mid-Colonial District Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Philadelphia.

Fleischer, president of the NC State student chapter of ITE, said he “still can’t quite believe” the team clinched first place.

“It’s not something I went down there thinking we’d win; honestly, I was just hoping to squeeze out of the preliminary round,” he said.  “We could not have made it without Davin and Luke. In fact, Luke helped us clinch the win in final jeopardy. We are just transportation nerds, so we knew a lot already, but we still read through many of the guide and policy books for transportation such as the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.”

“The victory made me feel even more confident in the education provided by the transportation faculty in the CCEE department,” Letica said. “I would especially like to credit [Adjunct Associate Professor Daniel] Findley, whose traffic engineering and highway design classes did a tremendous job of exposing us to a wide range of design concepts and current events, many of which came up in the competition.”