SUNY Canton Students Take Eighth in ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships

SUNY Canton’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) placed eighth in the nation with their economical and efficient steel bridge.

The College was one of 47 teams to participate in the ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships, held over Memorial Day Weekend at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. Their top-ten position followed a first place victory at the ASCE Regional Championships recently hosted at SUNY Canton.

Bridge Team in Action

“The team members worked very hard to make sure all of the details were right and put in the extraordinary practice time necessary to compete in this level,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, one of the three faculty advisors for the Steel Bridge Team. “Our team is in the top 20 percent of the competing universities, including some of the most famous, prestigious and expensive engineering schools in the nation.”

The team took third place in construction speed with a 6.70 minute overall assembly time. The students additionally took 11th place in the lightness category, and 13th in display.

“William Corbine, the Civil and Environmental Technology major who designed the bridge, struck an excellent balance between weight, stiffness and overall constructability,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty member and steel bridge team advisor.

The SUNY Canton steel bridge team has won the regional championships a remarkable 12 times in 16 years and accrued a national championship title in 2009.

The overall mission of each ASCE Student Steel Bridge challenge is to supplement the education of students in the technology and engineering fields. Students oversee all aspects of the fabrication, assembly and testing of their one-tenth scale model bridge to maximize performance and economy, as a way to apply their comprehensive engineering aptitude.

The 2011-2012 SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members included:

  • Ralph Alfano, an individual studies major from Pleasantville;
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a civil and environmental technology major from Boonville;
  • Josh M. Beyer, a civil and environmental technology major from Castile;
  • William W. Corbine, a civil and environmental technology major from Potsdam;
  • Briana K. Fosher, an industrial technology management major from Rouses Point;
  • Daniel R. Jones, a civil and environmental technology major from Canton;
  • Mike J. Muller, an individual studies major from Malone;
  • Eric S. Schreiber, a mechanical technology major from Baldwinsville;
  • William L. Stevens, a construction technology management major from North Rose; and
  • Dusten S. Wells from Mexico, N.Y.

The team is also advised and supported by Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate in the College’s automotive technology program.

For more about the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team, visit Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition Starts Friday at SUNY Canton’s Roos House, and SUNY Canton Wins ASCE Steel Bridge Competition.

 

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