Martin Bruening Award

    Mr. Martin Bruening worked from 1924 until 1972 for the City of Milwaukee in the area of Traffic Engineering. He was not only a leader in Milwaukee but was recognized as a national leader. During his illustrious career, he was an advocate and supporter of the three "E's" of traffic safety: Engineering, Education and Enforcement, and his sound geometric design principles and early attention to good traffic signal design and operation were partly responsible for Milwaukee's consistent first place ranking in traffic safety for cities in its population class. Although Bruening believed in and was professionally involved in the planning and design of Milwaukee's freeway system to ensure the coordination and design for traffic operations on the local street system, he consistently warned of the necessity for a balanced transportation system. He authored several reports on the financially favored position of the automobile over mass transit, and advocated a metropolitan transit authority and mass transit subsidy. The Wisconsin Section, in recognition to Martin, has an annual award for papers by its members. 

    Award Guidelines

    Any member of the Wisconsin Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers or its student chapters may submit a candidate technical paper. The paper must result from a study or design project in the field of transportation or traffic engineering in which the author(s) served as a principal participant. The paper: a) must have been completed within two years of the deadline date for the award; b) may have been previously submitted to another group or publicized in another media; c) may be an expansion or revision of a paper previously submitted to the Technical Committee for the Martin Bruening Award; or d) may be based on a work related study, a design project or a research investigation; or e) may be co-authored.

    Papers submitted for the student category may be completed by full time or part time students. Papers submitted for the student award shall be the culmination of a research or design project completed by the student as part of their academic studies. Papers co-authored by university professors, or professionals that are not actively enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program are not eligible for the Martin Bruening Student Award, but their paper can be submitted for the Martin Bruening Professional Award. 

    Submit papers in pdf format via email to the Martin Bruening Award Committee Chairman by the submittal deadline as specified in the Call for Papers by the ITE Wisconsin Section. Pages shall be 8-1/2" x 11" with double line spacing. The paper must be a minimum of six pages and not exceed thirty pages in length, including cover sheet, text, tables, figures and references. For design projects, appropriate documentation such as working drawings and photographs may be submitted in addition to the paper, and this additional documentation does not count towards the 30 page limit. The paper must be of a format as used by technical journals. 

    In general, typical headings of a technical paper followed by most journals are: 

    1. Abstract: This is a short summary of your paper including the significant points in your paper such as the results of the research or what was unique about the project. 

    2. Introduction: For research, what has been done by other researchers and the motivation behind the paper.  For a project, what is the usual method of solving the problems and why it falls short in this case. Highlight the significance of your work. 

    3. Research or Project details: For a research paper, explain the methodology for conducting the research. For a project, explain what innovative techniques were used or how you went about solving the problems in a way that is of interest to the profession.  

    4. Results and discussion: For a research paper, present the results obtained by the research conducted in a tabular or graphical form.  A good practice is to follow each result with a paragraph explaining the inference you have made of the preceding result. For a paper on a project, explain what innovative solution was used or how results of the project benefit the users of the completed project.

    5. Conclusion: You conclude the paper by highlighting the contribution you have made through this paper.

    The Martin Bruening Award Submittal Form must be completed and submitted with the paper for consideration. This form is available on the ITE Wisconsin Section web page.

    Papers will be evaluated on the basis of organization, clarity and usefulness of tables and figures, adequacy and conciseness in covering subject, simplicity and effectiveness of language, proper support of conclusions, completeness of credits and references, and relevancy of the content to transportation engineering.

    The principal author of the winning student paper and the winning professional paper will each receive a check for $750. All winning authors and co-authors will receive a Certificate of Award. The winning authors and/or co-authors will be invited to the March Wisconsin Section dinner meeting as a guest of the ITE Wisconsin Section free of charge. The student and professional awards will be presented at this meeting. The winning papers will also be posted on the section website. 

    In addition to the judging for the Martin Bruening Award, the best student paper will be selected as the Wisconsin Section entry in competition for the International ITE Student Paper Award. However, to be eligible for the International Student Award, the author must be a student member of ITE International. 

    Martin Bruening Award Submittal Form 

    Past Award Winners

    1976 — Robert Taube
    1977 — O.Dobnick, J. Goetz, A. Pithavodian, and G. Koser
    1997 — F. Kurtin, L. Miller, R. Puestow, and M. Spence
    1978 — Curtis Lueck
    1979 — Robert Weithofer
    1980 — William Berg and Robert Weithofer
    1981 — C.J. Chang and David Kuemmel
    1982 — David Novak
    1983 — Chris Fornal
    1984 — Ken Graham and Robert Weithofer
    1985 — Rich Cannon, M. Liedtke, and Peter Lindquist
    1986 — Jeff Retzlaff and William Berg
    1987 — Chris Fornal, Peter Lindquist, and Zafar Youset
    1988 — Robert Smith, Jr., Thomas Walsh, and Robert Bryson
    1989 — Tom Sohrweide, William Berg, and F.C. Nwoko
    1990 — Brian O'Connell, Ray Jackson, and Robert Schmidt
    1991 — John Schmidt, Bill Handlas, and Pete Garcia
    1992 — Jack Forlund, Shuming Yan, and Soo-Boem Lee
    1993 — Brian Swenson, John Corbin, and Brian Scharles
    1994 — Christian Luz, John Bieberitz, and Tom Heydel
    1995 — Mitzi Dobersek
    1996 — Richard Butula
    1997 — Pat Hawley, Tim Barry, and Van Walling
    1998 — Joe Pieroni, Jeff Roemer, and Buddy Desai
    1999 — John Bieberitz and Steve Cyra
    2000 — Kristi Sebastian
    2001 — Smitha Vijayan
    2002 — David Soeldner and Michael Grulke
    2003 — Xia Jin and Joseph Blakeman
    2004 — Richard Coakley / Marcus Januario and Tim Gates
    2005 — Dave Platz
    2006 — Brian Udovich and Andy Kowske
    2007 — Steven Parker and Yang Tao
    2008 — Dave Platz and Amjaj Dehman
    2009 — Pat Hawley and John Bruggeman
    2010 — Eric Frailing
    2011 — Justin Effinger and Todd Szymkowski
    2012 — Justin Schueler / Parwinder Virk and Jeremy Chapman
    2013 — Yang Cheng, Steven Parker, Bin Ran, and David Noyce
    Enhanced Analysis of Work Zone Safety through Integration of Statewide Crash Data with Lane Closure System Data
    2014 — Andrea Bill, Rebecca Szymkowski, Ghazan Khan, and David Noyce
    Safety Evaluation of Wisconsin Roundabouts: Phase 2
    Peng Li, Yue Liu
    A network enhancement model with integrated lane reorganization and traffic control strategies
    2015 - Xin Li, Operation of Signalized Diamond Interchanges with Frontage Roads Using Dynamic Reversible Lane Control
    Susan Paulus, Development of Best Practices for Portable Changeable Message Sign Use in Work Zones for Design and Construction Engineers
    2016 - Zhaoxiang He, Xiao Qin, Geospatial Analysis of Rural Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Stations in South Dakota
    2017 - Hasan Moonam, Identifying Appropriate Sampling Interval for Travel Time Studies Using Bluetooth Probe Data
    2018 - Kelly Greuel / Kevin Scopoline, Safety Effectiveness of Adding a Signal Head Per Lane in Wisconsin
    2019 - Andi Bill / Boris Claros / Madhav Chitturi / Glenn Vorhes / David Noyce Seasonal Crash Prediction Model For Urban Signalized Intersections: Wisconsin Southeast Region