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Student Safety

SSTDC Overview
SSTDC Competition Format
SSTDC Key dates
ESV Conference Week Student Schedule
Eligibility and Guidelines
Financial Assistance & Corp. Sponsorship
Vehicle Safety Categories
Scoring Criteria and Awards
Regions and Coordinators
Past Winners

SSTDC Overview

SSTDC Overview


The collegiate Student Safety Technology Design Competition (SSTDC) is hosted by the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) the only government-sponsored vehicle safety conference that brings together leading engineering experts from governments, automobile manufacturers, suppliers, safety researchers and other motor vehicle safety professionals. Conceived in 2004 at the 19TH ESV Conference in Washington, D.C., the competition began as a way of getting more students involved in vehicle safety. It was an instant success, and the program has grown over the years addressing emerging vehicle safety priorities worldwide, such as distraction mitigation and autonomous vehicle issues.



The mission of the SSTDC is to foster personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in vehicle safety research technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Students have the opportunity to apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts as they compete for first-place winner in this competition. Recognition as an award winner at the ESV Conference is a great achievement and honor.


Our Competition



Teams consisting of university-level seniors and/or graduate students, guided by one faculty advisor, submit a written abstract related to a global vehicle safety research priority.

Entries are judged in each of the three geographic regions, with six teams selected to participate in their regional competition. A panel of safety experts visits each team's school, evaluates the designs, and selects three finalist teams per region. Participating teams must be from an ESV member countries

The three finalist teams from each region compete for top honors at the 25th ESV Conference in Detroit, Michigan, June 5-8, 2017, where their prototype devices will be on display in the exhibition hall. An international panel of judges, made-up of vehicle safety engineering experts from around the world, will select one first-place team winner and one runner-up team, both of whom will receive an award and international recognition for their achievements.



The SSTDC gives young scholars from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America an exciting opportunity to design, build, and demonstrate a cost- effective conceptual scale model of a vehicle safety technology

This competition is not only a great opportunity for collegiate students to compete in, but an achievement in a student's academic journey-one they can be proud of long after the conference is over. Students are also presented with an opportunity to network with fellow students and industry experts from around the world during four days of informative presentations and rich program content during the 25th ESV Conference.


The call for abstracts will open on July 1, 2016. We encourage your participation in the 7th Bi-Annual Student Safety Technology Design Competition and look forward to receiving your abstract.