Transportation Challenge in Norway

Transportation Design Challenge in Norway- Spend a week in Norway solving a challenging transportation problem- fully funded, cash prizes. 

About the challenge: The UW’s Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Center (SCTL) and PacTrans, along with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) are sponsoring a design challenge to support the seafood industry. Ten UW students will be selected for a fully-funded trip to Norway to develop innovative solutions to improve the transport of seafood on two economically critical routes- by Skjervoy north of Tromso in arctic Norway and on Froya west of Trondheim in central Norway- with the winning team receiving a cash prize.

Background: The ability to sell fresh seafood to international markets is an important contributor to the Norwegian economy. Because this product loses considerable value if delayed, the reliable operation of Norway’s transportation infrastructure is critical to the seafood industry. Mobility is a challenge because Norway is a rugged northern country with many bottlenecks including constrained right of ways, ferry routes, narrow tunnels and bridges as well as severe weather and rural areas with limited technology and infrastructure.

Finalists Receive: Support includes travel to and from Norway, and any visa costs. Once in Norway all travel, accommodations, and most meals will be covered. At least $5,000 will be awarded to the winning teams, in addition to possible funding to continue work beyond the challenge. The challenge will take place in Norway from June 11-18, 2018 and will include site visits and student work days.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in a UW degree program (Graduate students preferred; qualified undergraduates considered.)
  • Able to obtain a visa to travel to Norway between June 11-18, 2018
  • Have training, skills, and knowledge relevant to transportation systems design, operations, or logistics
  • Able to work in multinational teams of 3 to 5 people.

Apply by March 1:
Interested students should apply by sending the following materials to Melanie Paredes ( with “Norwegian Design Challenge” in the subject line:

  • A short resume (up to 2 pages)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • A statement (no more than 250 words) indicating why you would be a good choice to participate in the design challenge.

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