CAPPA Students Win Prestigious NASPAA Simulation Competition

Monday, Mar 06, 2023

A team of two CAPPA students, Victoria Kiker, and Ismail Ahmed emerged victorious in the highly prestigious NASPAA Simulation Competition this weekend. Victoria Kiker, Master of City and Regional Planning and Ismail Ahmed, Master of Public Administration, defeated three other teams representing eight universities in an all-day simulation evaluated by four judges in emergency management and fire management. They scored significantly high on both wildfire mitigation plan mapping and DEI adjustments as well as their engagement in group activities.

The NASPAA Simulation Competition is an esteemed international event, with regionals held globally over the past two weekends. 

NASPAA competition meeting

(From Left: David Burns – LSU, Ismail Ahmed – UTA MPA, Victoria Kiker – UTA MCRP, Joshua Blubaugh – UTD MPA, Amelia Loken – UA Little Rock)

The competition tested the knowledge and skills of teams comprising 4-5 students in emergency management, fire management, and wildfire mitigation, where they were required to prepare a policy memo and provide a professional presentation.

Victoria Kiker and Ismail Ahmed represented the college and excelled in the competition. They also have the opportunity to win prize money for their policy memo and presentation as it reaches an international competition level. Their win is a testament to the quality education provided by the Public Affairs and Planning program and the commitment of students to excel in their respective fields.

The College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs is proud to have such talented and dedicated students as part of its community. We congratulate them for their remarkable achievement this past weekend. The college looks forward to continued success from its students in future competitions and events.