Writing Competition Winners


In the spring of 2006, the Technology Division held its second student paper competition, awarding three $500 scholarships. The goal of the paper competition is to encourage students to think about the importance of Information Technology in planning, while providing financial support to deserving students.

Due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the division wanted to promote the use of "Information Technology in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery along the Gulf Coast," and offered a $500 scholarship for the best paper on this topic. A student was also selected for best paper on "Telecommunications in Planning," sponsored by PCIA, while ESRI sponsored a scholarship for the best paper on "GIS and planning."

This year's submissions were received from universities across the county including: Cleveland State University, Ohio State University, University of Buffalo, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, University of Louisville, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. The participating students varied from those taking a planning course, those in a Master's program in Planning, and students in Ph.D. programs in planning.

  • Information Technology in Disaster Mitigation and Recovery along the Gulf Coast:
    "Basecamp Project Management and Post-Katrina Planning in Harrison County, Mississippi"
    by Andrew Taylor, a Master's of City and Regional Planning student, at Ohio State University
  • GIS and Planning:
    "Using GIS to Develop an Effective Cultural Resource Management Plan for Walworth County, Wisconsin"
    by Paula Prubcan from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Telecommunications in Planning:
    "Flexible Emergency Operations Centers: A Look at Mobile Command and Communications"
    by Patrick Smith from the University of Louisville.

Additionally, two papers were selected to receive honorable mentions, both from the University of Buffalo: Sean Brodfuehrer for his paper titled "EIS: Emotional Information Systems" and Brian Pincelli for his paper titled "Wireless Fidelity: Buffalo's Central Business District and Economic Development."

The jury was made up of professional planners and academics. The jury included Carlos Balsas, Arizona State University; Peter Cook, Consultant, Nathan Associates; Willi Paul, R&B Engineering; Amiy Varma, North Dakota State University.


"The Internet Diffusion in Middle-Income Countries." by Bige Yilmaz from the University of Texas. Bige received a $250 scholarship plus a one-year membership to the division.

Read her paper (pdf)