Deadline for Submission of Papers is Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Southern District ITE Technical Knowledge Team, Member Services Committee, announces the return of the Annual Technical Paper Awards!

These awards are to be given in two categories:

  1. To the Best Technical Paper submitted by an SDITE Member, and
  2. To the Best Young Member Technical Paper submitted by an SDITE Member 35 years of age or younger (must be 35 or younger as of January 1, 2018).

Papers should be at least 1,500 words in length and pertain to research or practical applications conducted in non-academic practice during the calendar year 2017.

Technical paper awards for students are being given through the Student Technical Paper competition, solicited separately through the Student Chapters.

A cash award roughly equivalent to one Annual Meeting registration will be presented to the author of the winning paper in each category (estimated at $350 for 2018), and a runner-up award roughly equal to one-half the Annual Meeting registration will be given to qualifying entries. Winning authors will be invited to present their papers at the SDITE 2018 Annual Meeting in Mobile, Alabama.

Additional information on the submittal requirements and evaluation criteria is contained here based on the SDITE Operations Manual. Deadline for submission of papers is January 31, 2018.

For further information, or to submit your technical paper, please contact Steve Strength, Technical knowledge Team Chair at or via the Technical Paper Inquiry/Submittal Form.

Based on the SDITE Operations Manual  |  PDF version

Technical Awards:

To promote new professional and technical approaches to transportation and traffic engineering challenges and to generate competition and encourage member participation on a technical level, the Southern District will sponsor two competitions:

  1. Best Technical Paper – Awarded for the best technical paper submitted by a member(s) of the Southern District (see Section 8.11) at two levels:
    1. Best Member Technical Paper – A paper prepared as part of or in conjunction with the author’s job responsibilities (sponsored), or prepared as a result of independent research or effort and apart from or beyond the author’s job responsibilities (non-sponsored)
    2. Best Technical Paper by a Young Member – Either sponsored or non-sponsored paper prepared by a member or group of members 35 years of age or less as of January 1, 2018
  2. Papers prepared as part of a course of study for college credit or toward a degree will not be considered for these awards; rather, such papers may be eligible for the Student Paper competition described elsewhere in this Manual.
  3. Format – Papers shall be typed, double-spaced, on one side of the page, and shall be a minimum of 1,500 words in length. It is recommended that papers not exceed 2,500 words in length. Papers may include charts, graphs, and photographs to illustrate key points, hypotheses and conclusions, but primary criteria for judging will be based upon the ability of the author to present his or her case in writing.
  4. Submittals must be accompanied by full contact information including name, section, street address, e-mail address, and daytime phone number. Authors wishing to be considered for the Young Member Technical Paper Award must indicate their age.
  5. Authors must indicate their availability to present their paper at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Mobile upon submittal. Every effort will be made to notify the winners prior to the early registration deadline for the meeting.
  6. Submittal – Papers must be submitted electronically to the Southern District Technical Knowledge Team Chair, Steve Strength, at Submissions must be formatted in Adobe Acrobat (pdf or equivalent).
  7. Deadline for submission of papers for the 2017 competition will be January 31, 2018.
Additional Information:

8.11.2. Name of Awards – “Best Technical Paper Award” and “Best Young Member Technical Paper Award”

8.11.3. Evaluation Criteria for Papers – Five parameters shall be utilized to review the papers. These parameters and weighting factors are as follows:

  1. Originality (20%) – To what degree do the subject matter and conclusions treat new ideas or call for a radical change in present thinking? How imaginative and original was the approach? To what degree were the qualities of inventiveness and ingenuity exercised?
  2. Significance (20%) – To what extent are the contents of the paper a major contribution? Will it have a significant impact on safety or on major social factors?
  3. Scope and Format (20%) – To what degree is the paper complete in relation to its stated purpose? Is the report well organized and illustrated to emphasize the important points and to read logically from the introduction to the conclusion? Is it as concise and simple as possible, consistent with the full expositions of data and reasoning essential to the conclusions?
  4. Validity (20%) – How sound are the approach, data, and reasoning utilized in the paper?
  5. Applicability (20%) – Can the results of the paper be applied in a practical manner toward solving traffic engineering or transportation problems? Does the paper lean toward practical, or theoretical applications?

8.11.4. Selection of Award Winners – Each year, winning papers will be selected for both the Best Technical Paper and Best Young Member Technical Paper categories. A runner-up (honorable mention) paper may be selected for each category. No ties will be permitted. If, in the opinion of the Awards Committee and the Executive Board, no papers qualify for these awards, none will be given for that year.

8.11.5. Form of Award – Plaques or framed certificates for winners and runner-ups (honorable mention). The District may also, depending on budgetary considerations, offer a full registration to the Annual Meeting to the award winner in each category, and a half registration to the second place winner in each category, or a cash equivalent award.

Technical Paper Submittal Form

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Note: Young Members must be 35 years of age or less as of January 1, 2018.

Acceptable file types: pdf.
Maximum file size: 64mb.