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Three SC State transportation engineering graduate students named 2024 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholars

Author: Sam Watson, Director of University Relations|Published: April 04, 2024|All News, Student News
Debbie Indah
Hannah Musau
Tumlumbe Juliana Chengula

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State University students Tumlumbe Juliana Chengula, Debbie Indah, and Hannah Musau have been accepted to the 2024 Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar Program.

The trio will attend the Lifesavers Conference on Roadway Safety April 7-9 in Denver, Colorado. Each is pursuing a Master of Science in Transportation degree (MST) at SC State.

SC State’s MST program is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to understand the historical, current, and future trends and developments in transportation systems from an interdisciplinary perspective. Additionally, students will be prepared to become future transportation professionals who will design, analyze, research, implement and evaluate new and emerging concepts. The program also addresses transportation as a major system to improve the quality of life for citizens locally, statewide, nationally, and globally.

Chengula, Indah and Musau are among 19 U.S. students selected to be Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar through a competitive application process. The Lifesavers Conference showcases the latest research, evidence-based strategies, proven countermeasures, and promising new approaches for addressing the nation’s most pressing traffic safety problems. 

This is the ninth year of the Traffic Safety Scholars program, which provides college students the opportunity to attend the Lifesavers Conference, the largest gathering of traffic safety professionals in the U.S.

The program’s goals are to showcase the diversity of opportunities in traffic safety and encourage students, regardless of discipline, to pursue a career in a dynamic field that draws from a variety of disciplines from engineering, education and enforcement to communications, business, marketing, medicine, public health, political science, counseling, and more. 

The Lifesavers TSS Program will pay scholarships to help full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of fields defray the cost of attendance. A letter of accreditation will be sent to each scholar upon completion of the Traffic Safety Scholars Program Requirements.

Chengula, Indah and Musau will kick off their Lifesavers experience on Saturday, April 6, as they learn about career opportunities from a panel of young traffic safety professionals working in the public and private sectors. The scholars will continue this career discussion when they meet with state and national traffic safety leaders during the reception.

Once the Lifesavers Conference begins on Sunday, April 7, the scholars will have the opportunity to participate in three plenary sessions and over 80 workshops featuring leading experts in the fields of distracted and impaired driving; child passenger, pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, teen, and aging driver safety; occupant protection; vehicle technology; law enforcement and criminal justice; public health, commercial motor vehicles; roadway design; and more.

Click here for more about SC State’s Master of Science in Transportation Program.

To learn more about the Lifesavers Conference and the TSS Program, visit