SUNY Canton Builds the Best Bridge in Upstate Competition
A year’s worth of hard work, diligence, and practice has led a group of SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology students to another victory in the Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Regional Conference.
The SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter’s “Steel Bridge Team” competed against eight of their closest rival colleges and universities this past weekend at the University at Buffalo.
“SUNY Canton’s team came through again,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team Advisor and SUNY Canton faculty member. “Now we will prepare to compete against the top teams in the country at the ASCE National Competition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on May 22.”
Students prepare for the annual competition for two semesters. They create new bridge designs and computer-generated drawings annually in preparation for the competition. The bridge is designed to satisfy the extensive rules outlined by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the ASCE. Students compute and analyze the structural integrity and engineer the bridge to be assembled as fast as possible.
SUNY Canton placed first in all five categories of construction speed, economy, efficiency, lightness, and stiffness.
Colleges finishing behind SUNY Canton included ETS of Montreal, University at Buffalo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNYIT, Clarkson University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
SUNY Canton has been the team to beat and has swept up 13 regional wins in 15 years. In 2006 the College placed second in the ASCE national championships.
In addition to the steel bridge competition, SUNY Canton students participated in several other engineering activities that were judged for points and tallied for an overall team score for the weekend. SUNY Canton’s entry in the Boomilever Competition also won first place. The objective of this event was to design and build the lightest cantilevered wooden structure that would hold a predetermined amount of weight.
In another event, Miao Zheng, a student in the SUNY China 150 program, received third place for her research paper on Sustainability and Civil Engineering. “Miao did a fabulous job with her power point presentation and a great job answering the judge’s questions,” Hitchman said.
Members of the ASCE Student Chapter at SUNY Canton include:
· Michael Bagalonis of Gouverneur
· Yong Ding of Sichuan, China
· Robert LeFevre of Morrisonville
· Jonathan Liberty of Pennellville
· Milton Skinner of Lacona
· Peter Martin of Saranac Lake
· Tyler Purdy of Stephentown
· Patrick Norton of Edmeston
· Kristine Williams of Ogdensburg
· Michael Woodruff of Vermontville
· Ying Yang of Sichuan, China
· Miao Zheng of Sichuan, China
The team now begins the difficult task of securing the necessary funding to pay for travel to the national competition. To support the team, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 386-7127 ro email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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