The Daniel B. Fambro Student Paper Award is awarded annually for a significant paper prepared by a student member of ITE. The award honors the work of Daniel B. Fambro, who was a professor at Texas A&M University and an associate research engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and passed away in 1999. In naming the award in Dan’s honor, ITE recognizes his exemplary service to ITE, and his dedication to his students and the profession. The award provides ITE a means to encourage student members to conduct and report on independent and original research and investigate transportation subjects. The Dan Fambro Award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in this area and shines a spotlight on young and talented transportation researchers.



Any individual member of ITE who:

  1. Is a student member of ITE International; and
  2. Completed work providing a basis for the paper while a student member of ITE International.



Award will consist of a trophy or plaque, given at the Annual Meeting and Exposition Awards Luncheon. A travel reimbursement up to $1,000 to attend the meeting as well as a free Annual Meeting Registration and a ticket to the Awards Luncheon will be given. The paper may be considered for publication in ITE Journal.


Submission/Selection Process

  1. Papers should be submitted to the District Award Coordinator. Districts then submit the most outstanding student paper from their District for consideration by a judging committee that is appointed by the Council Leadership Team and will include a member of the Transportation Education Council.
  2. March 1 is the deadline to submit papers to the District Awards Coordinator. Each District Awards Coordinator will be responsible for submitting all of the above documents in electronic format via no later than April 1.
Paper Topic and Format
  1. Must address a transportation topic
  2. Must be authored by one student author, advisors can be listed but CANNOT be co-authors.
  3. Paper must be submitted in English
  4. A PDF document in 11 pt. type, with a maximum of 3,000 words. (Tables and figures do not count against the word count.)
  5. Paper must include a title page showing title, author's name, address, telephone number, and date, and a table of contents.


Judging Criteria

Originality (20 points) – To what degree does the subject matter and conclusions treat new ideas or call for significant departure from the present state of the art? How imaginative and original was the approach? How extensive were the qualities of inventiveness and ingenuity used?

Significance (20 points) – To what extent is the paper a major contribution to transportation engineering?

Scope and Format (20 points) – To what degree is the paper complete in relation to its stated purpose? Is the paper well organized? Is the paper concise?

Validity (20 points) – How sound are the approach techniques, data used, and the reasoning applied?

Applicability (20 points) – To what degree can the conclusions reached in the paper be applied in a practical manner towards solving transportation engineering problems?