CUTC University Students Win Big in ARTBA Student Video Contest

Washington DC, October 10, 2017


ARTBA’s Research and Education Division (RED) has successfully completed the 7th year of its Student Video Contest Promoting Importance of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure. The annual contest encourages students to connect with current trends in American transportation infrastructure, focusing on topics of general transportation and safety. ARTBA awards national recognition and cash prizes to students who submit the most creative, informative, and engaging short video. The contest is open to students in both K-12 and post-secondary education, allowing several students from CUTC-affiliated universities to win big in this year’s contest.

Four students from CUTC-affiliated universities have won top prizes in this year’s contest, including:

University of Washington student Daniel Shen won 1st place in the RED General Transportation category. His video, “The Gas Tax,” describes the low-cost, high-reward nature of the gas tax in his video, closely examining the tax’s overall effects on both consumers and federal infrastructure.  Daniel is a senior at the University of Washington working to complete a degree in business administration. The University of Washington is the lead institution of the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans).

Sam Lin, attending Texas A&M University, College Station, took home 2nd place in the RED General Transportation category with his video, “Decline of National Transportation Infrastructure.” Sam’s video provides a detailed explanation of the decline of national transportation infrastructure, citing issues related to improper spending and lack of funding contributing to America’s deteriorating roadways.  Texas A&M University is home to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).

Old Dominion University student Garland Johnson III won 1st place in the RED Safety category. Putting his computer animation studies to good use, Garland’s video, titled “What are Recent Technologies used to Improve Safety in the Transportation Industry?” reviews different types of technologies used to improve safety in the transportation industry, touching on new developments in motorway, railway, and airplane technologies that help keep passengers safe. Garland is a freshman computer engineering major at Old Dominion University in Richmond, Virginia. Old Dominion University is part of the Transportation Research Institute (TRI).

Chloe Arrojado is a 20-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Concord, North Carolina Her video, “Design Your Future,”  won 1st place in the Women’s Leadership Council contest, and highlights a variety of future career opportunities in the transportation construction industry. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a recent member to CUTC and is home to the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety.

Congratulations to all winners of this year’s student video contest! To view all winning entries, please click here.

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