Matt Hogan, Project Engineer in our Site Engineering [...]
On Saturday, February 3rd, The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) held the Sparkman Global Health Case Competition. The competition consists of teams of 4-6 students asked to provide strategies to resolve a current global health problem. This year our very own, Becky White was invited to be a judge for the competition.
Twelve teams consisting of graduate and undergraduate students from a wide variety of disciplines including public health, psychology, economics, and engineering, were given a case and asked to provide specific recommendations on the issue. This year’s case focused on the prevention, safety, and emergency response to road traffic injuries in Granada, Nicaragua.
The competition was conducted in two rounds. In the first round, four teams competed for a chance to go on to the second round. In round two, three finalists competed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, for a cash prize ($1,500, $1,000, $500 respectively).
The winning team was an all-female team of five students, with a presentation entitled: Granada Community Coalitions to Prevent Road Injury.
In addition to judging the competition, all judges were encouraged to meet with the teams that were not selected as finalists, to give constructive feedback.
As a judge, Becky White met with these students. “They were very receptive and keen to hear our suggestions. It was encouraging for me to see young people so interested in learning and improving their research and presentation skills.”
Becky thoroughly enjoyed judging the competition and seeing the different viewpoints from students focused in different areas of study.
“It was very interesting for me to hear the perspectives of non-engineers on ways to address road safety in a developing country. I also enjoyed interacting with the other judges, most of whom have a professional background related to public health.”
The winning team from UAB’s Sparkman Global Health Case Competition will now move on to compete at the state level on a new global health problem. We wish them good luck at the next stage of the competition.