SUNY Canton Students Win Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers Conference

Bridge Team

WINNING BRIDGE - Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, Dan Fredendall of Holley, and Frederick Bach of Clayton assembling their winning bridge during the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at SUNY Canton won the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference last weekend ( at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“Over all it was a very good weekend,” noted Andrew Durrin, ASCE Student Chapter Captain and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology student from Plattsburgh. “This was the first year that ASCE offered a conference title and we won it.”

The students won first place in the Steel Bridge competition, the West Point Bridge Designer Contest, and the Mystery Competition, which led them to accumulate the points necessary to take home the conference title and an impressive number of trophies.

“The competition is getting better all the time,” Pointed out Robert Blickwedhl, ASCE Chapter advisor and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology faculty member. “We still have a lot of work to do before the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.”

The students will be heading to the National Competition May 23 and 24 at the University of Florida – Gainesville.

In the steel bridge event, SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter members placed first in construction speed, construction economy, lightness, and aesthetics, and second in both stiffness and structural efficiency. The students faced fierce competition from universities and colleges including SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson, University of Quebec Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNYIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Cornell. SUNY Canton has won a remarkable 12 times in 14 years, according to ASCE Advisor Paul Hitchman, an Instructional Support Associate in the Civil Engineering Technology department.

“We’d certainly like to thank all of our sponsors,” Hitchman said. “We’ve received substantial funding from Jefford’s Steel, Haun Welding, and Hilti Tools.”

The students also received support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, and numerous individual alumni and friends from the extended community.

The ASCE Student Chapter at SUNY Canton also includes:

  • Frederick Bach of Clayton
  • Daniel Fredendall of Holley
  • Peter Martin of Canton
  • Milton Skinner of Lacona
  • Tyler Purdy of Stephentown
  • Patrick Norton of Edmeston
  • Robert LeFevre of Morrisonville
  • Travis Mourick of Norfolk
  • Austin Schwencke of Malone
  • Michael Deshay of Endicott
  • Mathew Mason of Gouverneur

The chapter is also advised by Dennis Tuper, an Instructional Support Associate in the Automotive Department.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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