SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Finishes 7th in Nation

A year’s worth of hard work, diligence, and practice have led a group of SUNY Canton students to another top ten finish in the national Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction (ASCE/AISC) Steel Bridge competition.

Bridge Team

BRIDGE TEAM —Pictured are (l to r) Paul Robbins, Austin Schwencke, Zach Wojciechowski, Beynan Ransom, Fred Bach, Mike Warren, front row, Craig Robert, William Walldroff, Jeremiah Hazelton, William Stacey, and Mike Gebler.

Last weekend, 15 students from the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge team and their faculty advisors traveled to California State University at Northridge with their hand-constructed bridge. The team performed admirably taking seventh place among all of the competing colleges, according to Instructional Support Associate Paul Hitchman, who serves as one of the Steel Bridge Team Faculty advisors.

“The team competed against 43 teams from across the nation for top honors,” said Hitchman. “The competition was extremely close this year with very little separating the top 20 schools.”

In order to win, the team accumulates points in several categories of competition. SUNY Canton placed third overall in lightness category, fifth in construction speed, eighth in efficiency, 13th in economy, and 25th in stiffness.

Bridge Team

KANGAROOS — The Steel Bridge Team proudly wore uniforms showing SUNY Canton's new athletic logo at the 2007 national championships. The team ran into students from another college sporting the same unique name. Pictured are (l to r) Jeremiah Hazelton and a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City team, the only other Roos at the competition.

The top ten teams in the nation in order of their finish were: North Dakota State University; University of California at Davis; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada; Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.; University of Texas at Austin; SUNY Canton, Virginia Tech; University of California at Berkeley; Clemson University, S.C.

“As we close out another year of bridge building, the SUNY Canton team would like to thank the individuals and businesses that contributed toward another successful year,” Hitchman said. “I can’t tell you enough what this experience means to our students and how many opportunities it presents for their futures.”

The Bridge Team is sponsored by Jeffords Steel and Engineering of Potsdam, and corporate sponsors including Hilti power tools, The Copy Shop in Potsdam, FCL Management in Baldwinsville, Bach and Company of Clayton, Waldroff Farm Equipment in Canton, Stone Bridge Iron and Steel in Gansevoort, Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, Cianbro of Pittsfield, Maine, COP Construction in Utah, and Cives Steel Company in Gouverneur. The team also receives support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, the Student Cooperative Alliance, the College Association, and many faculty, staff, and friends of the college.


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