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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Finishes 13th in National Competition

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A group of SUNY Canton students placed 13th in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction competition was held May 23 through 24 at the University of Akron, Ohio. The team competed against approximately 50 other distinguished colleges and universities.

“We are proud of the valiant effort this group of students made in the two day event, and how favorably they represented their college,” said Paul D. Hitchman, the steel bridge team adviser and an instructional support associate in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

The steel bridge team proved their ability to compete at a national level after placing third in the upstate regional competition held April 24 at Cornell University, Ithaca. The team has won the regional competition 15 times in 18 years and won the national competition in 2009.

The SUNY Canton students competed against teams from the United States, South America and Canada. The University of California, Davis was named the national champion.

Hitchman said he was grateful for the college-wide support the team received.

“Our students gained a memorable experience because of the effort and financial support of many from within the SUNY Canton family,” he said. “I want to thank all of the employees, alumni and corporations that support us year in and year out.”

The steel bridge team will return to competition this fall with a regional tournament at West Point. The students will be given a new challenge and will have to design a new bridge for the 2015 competitions.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Preps for National Competition

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton’s engineering technology programs are slated to compete against teams from about 50 other colleges and universities at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Institute of Steel Construction competition will begin on May 23 at the University of Akron in Ohio.

The SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter, commonly referred to as the steel bridge team, recently finished third in the Upstate Regional Competition. Their high-scoring entry earned them an invite to the next level of competition.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

“The team picked up a couple of avoidable penalties at regionals,” said steel bridge team adviser Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. “With a little work they can continue to be competitive at the national level.”

The students were upset by their longtime rival École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) from Montreal, Quebec, and by SUNY Buffalo. The team has swept the competition 15 times in 18 years.

The team designed the scale-model bridge to be extremely light, while maintaining its structural integrity during weight testing. ASCE Student Chapter President Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville pointed out that the team did win first place in the lightness category.

“I’m very confident in our bridge and in our team,” Baker said. “We are going to make a few changes so we can place higher at the national competition.”

Baker is one of several Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology majors in the eight-student team.

The students placed fourth in construction speed, eighth in aesthetics, second in stiffness, seventh in economy and second in efficiency at the regional competition.

The bridge team is now seeking donations to offset travel costs for their trip to Akron, Ohio, which are estimated to be more than $7,000. To support the team, please contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at 315-386-7127 or email foundation@canton.edu.

For more information about the steel bridge team, please read the April 21 article “SUNY Canton Students Aim to Build a Bridge Better, Faster and Stronger.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Continues Win Streak

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The SUNY Canton student steel bridge team once again earned a first-place finish at the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference Championships held at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

This is the 14th time in 17 years that SUNY Canton’s ASCE student chapter has captured the regional title, and their win earns them a spot in the national intercollegiate contest to be held next month at the University of Washington in Seattle, where they will compete against some of the most prestigious schools in the country.

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SUNY Canton steel bridge team members Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville, Nathan A. Archer of Canton and William W. Corbine III of Potsdam during a practice session.

“The entire SUNY Canton community is extremely proud of the steel bridge team’s achievement at the regional competition,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “These talented students are outstanding ambassadors for our school, and we are thrilled that they will be representing SUNY Canton in Seattle next month.”

Co-sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the contest challenges future engineers to display their skills in design, fabrication and teamwork by building a one-tenth scale model bridge to meet certain criteria, such as construction speed, lightness and economy. The team completed the construction in 5 minutes and 15 seconds and earned first place in the regional event’s speed subcategory. The team also placed in three other categories:

  • Second place in lightness
  • Second place in construction economy
  • Third place in structural efficiency
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Michael J. Verstraete of Marion works on the middle section of SUNY Canton’s steel bridge while Nathan A. Archer of Canton and William W. Corbine III of Potsdam complete their side.

“This year’s bridge is built with speed in mind,” said bridge designer and Civil and Environmental Technology major William W. Corbine III from Potsdam. “Our success relies on an efficient design and a cooperative team.”

In addition to Corbine, the 2013 steel bridge team members are:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville.
  • Briana K. Fosher, an Industrial Technology major from Rouses Point.
  • Laura Pratt, an Engineering Science major from Binghamton.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew Walker, a Mechanical Technology major from Camden.
  • Dusten S. Wells, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Mexico, N.Y.
  • Teofilo R. Yerdon, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Gouverneur.
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Pictured are Dusten S. Wells of Mexico, N.Y. and Andrew Walker of Camden finishing the final portion of SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

The students began working on the bridge in February and have dedicated countless hours to fine-tuning their skills.

“The students gave up their spring break to prepare for competition,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate and faculty adviser for the team.

Hitchman and co-adviser Dennis E. Tuper help to raise the necessary funds needed to cover the travel and lodging expenses for the team, which are significantly higher than in year’s past due to the national competition’s location. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the team may contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at 315-386-7127, 800-811-6727, or email foundation@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton Team Builds Best Steel Bridge

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Steel Bridge Team

Michael D. Woodruff, a civil and environmental technology major from Vermontville and L. Tom Woodruff, a civil engineering technology major from Hermon, rapidly assemble their steel bridge. Michael is the student president of the SUNY Canton ASCE-AISC Student Steel Bridge Team.

SUNY Canton students built a better bridge faster than their competitors, placing first in the Upstate New York Regional Competition in Montreal, Canada.

The College’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction competes almost every year in the regional and national-level intercollegiate challenge.

“SUNY Canton dominated the field of competitors and won first place in all categories judged,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the team of students. “We blew the competition out of the water with the overall stiffness, or rigidity, of our entry.”

The team clocked a 8.24 minute overall construction speed, with one penalty for a dropped bolt, according to the team’s president and civil and environmental technology major Michael D. Woodruff of Vermontville. “Our closest competition was the University of Buffalo with a 9.025 (minute) construction speed,” he said.

The challenge was to build a bridge over a scenic river for a new state park road allowing access to remote areas. SUNY Canton’s team prepares for a full academic year before the competition. The students design and experiment to solve the challenge before creating a steel bridge that they can rapidly assemble in front of a panel of judges. The bridge is then loaded with weights to test its integrity. Each team is evaluated on display, lightness, stiffness, speed, economy, and efficiency.

The students pitted their bridge design and building abilities against teams including those from the University at Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, Hudson Valley Community College, and Clarkson University.

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L. Tom Woodruff, a SUNY Canton civil engineering technology major from Hermon assembles the steel bridge during a practice session.

The team is now preparing to reclaim their 2009 national title at the 2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition to be held on May 20 and 21 at Texas A&M University.

To support the team, please contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 315.386.7127 or email foundation@canton.edu. Numerous faculty and staff members at the College support the team and contribute to this cause through payroll deductions and personal donations.

 

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2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Graduate Receives Recognition

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Tyler Purdy, a 2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Stephentown, has been recognized as this year’s New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) Scholar.

Tyler Purdy, a 2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Stephentown, was recently awarded a New York State Engineering Technology Association Scholarship.

Tyler Purdy, a 2009 SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology graduate from Stephentown, was recently awarded a New York State Engineering Technology Association Scholarship.

Purdy was recommended for this award by Civil Engineering Technology Professor Joseph Reilly. “Tyler is an extremely hard-working student and a leader among his peers,” Reilly said.

The NYSETA scholarship committee selected Purdy because he demonstrated talent and leadership in student activities and outstanding scholarship within the field of technology. He demonstrated many of those qualities through his involvement with the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team, which recently won first place in the National Steel Bridge Competition.

“Tyler was very involved with the organization of the student team,” noted Bob Blickwedehl, an advisor for the student-run club and SUNY Canton faculty member. “He was a key member of the assembly crew that assembled the bridge in a record-breaking 3 minutes and one second overall time. The team’s speed led them to victory.”

The 2009 alumnus plans to continue his education and become a civil engineer.

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 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Wins National Competition

Monday, May 25th, 2009
Pictured is Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, a 2009 Graduate of the SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Program and a member of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team. Purdy and his Teammates won the national Student Steel Bridge Competition.

Pictured is Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, a 2009 Graduate of the SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Program and a member of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team. Purdy and his Teammates won the national Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas and built a better bridge than any other college in the nation.

The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition held Memorial Day Weekend at the University of Las Vegas.

“Good bridge design is determined by the correct balance between several factors,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team Advisor and SUNY Canton faculty member. “The Canton team got the balance just right.

The team is judged on six categories that lead to a total aggregate score. SUNY Canton’s team placed 1st in speed, 3rd in economy, 10th in deflection, 14th in weight, 10th in efficiency, and 27th in aesthetics.

“It was a very close competition,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team advisor and Civil Engineering faculty member Robert. “They won by less than one second and less than one pound.”

Faculty members said that the team practiced strenuously until to reduce the total assembly time down to 3 minutes and one second. “Speed of construction was the teams’ strength and the design of the bridge capitalized on it,” Blickwedehl said.

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.

The Steel Bridge team is comprised entirely of students in SUNY Canton’s career-driven Civil Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.

North Dakota State University won second in the competition and Lakehead University of Ontario, Canada, took third. SUNY Canton also beat out schools including RPI, Clarkson University, Clemson State, RIT, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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

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 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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SUNY Canton Assistant Professor Receives Competitive Fellowship

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


Adrienne C. Rygel, SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Technology, recently received a competitive American Society of Civil Engineers training fellowship.

Adrienne C. Rygel, SUNY Canton Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Technology, recently received a competitive American Society of Civil Engineers training fellowship.

A SUNY Canton faculty member has been selected for an exclusive American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) training that will enhance the hands-on career-oriented courses in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Adrienne C. Rygel, an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Technology program received a competitive fellowship to the upcoming Excellence in Engineering Education program held in June at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She was selected for her commitment to excellence in education and willingness to serve as a future role model for other faculty members at the College, according the ASCE.

“As an instructor, I need to be able to take an advanced concept or problem and approach it from a number of ways for students to understand it,” Rygel said. “This fellowship will increase the creative and innovative ways that I present my material to encourage student participation and retention.”

Rygel, who is currently preparing a new curriculum for a four-year bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology, will be responsible for conveying the lessons and objectives she learns at the ASCE program to other faculty members. “In order to convey this advanced material effectively, we as instructors at SUNY Canton are consistently challenged to remain in the top competitive levels within the career-oriented scope of the program.”

The Civil Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for students to obtain real-world experience while completing their degree and is considered among the quintessential “hands-on” programs at the college. There is a high-demand for graduates of this program and jobs are highly competitive. Last year, 100 percent of the program’s graduates were either working or continuing their education at graduation.

Rygel is one of the newest faculty members at the college. She and three other faculty members draw upon their past experiences as industry professionals to aid in the specialized training for students in the program. She is a former groundwater geologist for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and Project Manager and Project Engineering at OP-TECH Environmental Services, Inc. in Massena. She has her master’s degree in Geology and her doctorate in Civil Engineering.

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 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton’s ASCE Steel Bridge Team Takes 5th at National Competition

Thursday, May 29th, 2008
Steel Bridge Team

BRIDGING THE GAP – Daniel Fredendall, a SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology student from Holley, rapidly assembles the steel bridge with his teammates during a practice session at SUNY Canton. The ASCE Steel Bridge Team took fifth place at the recent national competition.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team won fifth place out of the more than 40 colleges and universities at the 2008 National Student Steel Bridge Competition, held May 23 and 24 at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

“The SUNY Canton team performed admirably and left many larger universities wondering what hit them,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team Advisor and a SUNY Canton faculty member. “They didn’t make any mistakes and didn’t pick up any penalties.”

The students took first place in construction speed category with a total build speed of 3 minutes 23 seconds. Each of the top five universities assembled their bridges in less than 5 minutes. “Speed is critical at this level,” Hitchman said. “Berkley would have won on time, but they picked up a 15 second penalty for dropping a bolt.”

Before the national competition, SUNY Canton took home the conference title at the Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference. Regionally, SUNY Canton has been the team to beat and has swept up 12 wins in 14 years.

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The top five colleges in order of finish were: University of California, Berkley, University of Florida, University of California, Davis, North Dakota State University, and SUNY Canton.

The SUNY Canton Team also nabbed first place in economy, meaning their bridge was the most inexpensive solution to the highly-complex challenge issued by the ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The team also placed 15th in efficiency, 18th in lightness, and 23rd in attractiveness.

Students prepare for the annual competition for two semesters. They create new bridge designs and computer-generated renderings each Fall in preparation for the spring competitions. This year’s bridge had to satisfy extensive rules outlined by the AISC and the ASCE and was designed as a replacement bridge over a rural river. Students compute and analyze the structural integrity and engineer the bridge to be erected as fast as possible.

The ASCE Student Steel Bridge Team receives financial support from a variety of individual sponsors and the SUNY Canton Foundation. The team’s uniforms and the steel for the bridge are provided by Jeffords Steel and Engineering in Potsdam. “We’d like thank all of our alumni and corporate supporters and all of the people at the college and in the community who contribute to our success,” Hitchman said.

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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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