Martin Bruening Award Committee

    The Wisconsin Section offers to its members an annual award for papers in recognition of Mr. Bruening, who worked from 1924 until 1972 for the City of Milwaukee in the area of Traffic Engineering. Mr. Bruening 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.

    Chairperson/Contact
    Marcus Januario

    Committee Guidelines/Bylaws
    Guidelines

    SECTION 1: “Name of Committee”
    Martin Bruening Award

    SECTION 2: “Committee Chair”
    There is no set rotation schedule/policy. Committee Chair is a voluntary position and subject to change according to varying work, professional society, personal, and other commitments. Committee Chair shall try to hold position between a minimum of 2 years and a maximum as determined by the Wisconsin Section ITE Board.

    SECTION 3: “Committee Members”
    There is no set member rotation schedule/policy. Committee membership is voluntary and subject to change according to varying work, professional society, personal, and other commitments. Committee membership should be between a minimum of 3 members and a maximum of 5 members, in addition to Committee Chair.

    SECTION 4: “Mission Statement”
    The purpose of the MARTIN BRUENING AWARD Committee shall be to solicit, review, and present to the Wisconsin Section ITE Board the student(s) paper which best represents knowledge of, and incorporates sound original thought and ideas into the field of transportation or traffic planning/engineering. Papers will be solicited, reviewed, and the MARTIN BRUENING AWARD Committee on an annual basis will present a recommended winning paper to the Wisconsin Section ITE Board.

    SECTION 5: “Responsibilities”
    Deliverables – Solicit, review and recommend a qualifying student paper on an annual basis. Paper solicitation will begin each year in November and run through early December. Solicitation will be through several media, including ITE Student Chapter Faculty Advisors, Wisconsin Section ITE newsletters, and Wisconsin Section ITE web site. Papers will be due by January 31, and reviewed with a recommendation forwarded to the Wisconsin Section ITE Board prior to the March Wisconsin Section Meeting.

    Budget - $500 annual cash award to winning author(s). The $500 will be divided equally among the authors of the winning paper.