January 19, 2024

The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board (TRB) have announced the winners of the 2024 Traffic Control Device (TCD) Student Challenge. Among the competitors, a two-member team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst emerged victorious.

The team, led by Angelina Caggiano and her teammate Andy Gia, engineering students at UMass Amherst, clinched first place with their innovative project "Ascending Passive Detection to Light the way of Vulnerable Road Users (GlowSafely)." This year's challenge focused on "Innovations to Improve the Nighttime Visibility of Traffic Control Devices," a crucial area in traffic safety engineering.

The UMass Amherst team's project stood out among submissions from seven teams across various U.S. universities. Caggiano will now travel to the ATSSA Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA to present their work.