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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 Students Aim to Build a Bridge Better, Faster and Stronger

Monday, April 21st, 2014

SUNY Canton students will be competing in the 2014 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference and Steel Bridge Competition.

The conference will be held April 24 to 26 at Cornell University, Ithaca. It will be the 18th time that the College has entered a steel bridge in the competition. SUNY Canton’s ASCE Student Chapter, commonly known as the steel bridge team, has won the regional competition 14 times prior.

Bridge team members said this year’s bridge is much more complex than the previous year’s bridges.

“We were trying to make it as light as possible,” said Ethan J. Fregoe, an Engineering Science major from Massena. “There are three times as many pieces and three times as many bolts as last year’s bridge.”

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members Andrew C. Walker of Camden and Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena tightening the bolts on their competition-ready bridge.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members Andrew C. Walker of Camden and Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena tightening the bolts on their competition-ready bridge.

The challenge changes each year and students must come up with a completely new design to compete. This year’s objective is to rapidly replace a timber railroad trestle over a river. The line is essential for transporting ore from a lithium mine for a battery production facility, necessitating rapid construction of a replacement bridge.

Codi D. McKee of Barker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major and vice president of the steel bridge team, said that the competition helped him apply his education with hands-on practice. “Sometimes things you work out on paper don’t work in real life,” McKee said. “The real challenge is to apply everything you’ve learned into something tangible.”

McKee and former bridge team president William W. Corbine III of Potsdam designed the bridge together during the fall semester. Corbine graduated in December, 2013.

Rules of the competition dictate that students design and construct a scale model of a bridge that will meet all of the rules for the competition. Entries are evaluated on stiffness, lightness, construction speed, display, efficiency and economy, according to steel bridge team advisor Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Hitchman recently received a letter from ASCE commending the SUNY Canton student chapter’s vast improvement through increased student activities, community service and student leadership. “The Chapter’s accomplishments reflect the enthusiasm and hard work of your student officers and members, as well as your fine guidance as faculty advisor,” wrote Leslie Payne, ASCE director of student and younger member programs.

In addition to Fregoe and Mckee, steel bridge team members include:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville. Baker is the President of the student run club.
  • Michael Crowner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Gregory R. Denner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Ogdensburg.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew C. Walker, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Camden.

Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology instructional support associate and Paul P. Nasados, a Civil and Environmental Technology assistant professor join Hitchman as the steel bridge team’s advisors.

 

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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ASCE Awards Scholarship to SUNY Canton Student

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has chosen a SUNY Canton student as the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship.

Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville, received the award for her exceptional academic achievements and involvement with the SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter.

Alyssa Baker

Alyssa M. Baker, ’15, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the
Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Alyssa is an extremely dedicated person, hard worker, achieves high grades and sincerely cares about humanity,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a SUNY Canton instructional support associate and faculty adviser for the bridge team. “It is fitting that she is being recognized with this scholarship.”

Baker is a member of the SUNY Canton student steel bridge team, which competes annually against some of the most prestigious universities in the country to build a scale-model bridge. The contest challenges future engineers to display their skills in design, fabrication and team  work. They are judged on certain criteria including construction speed, lightness and economy. Baker and her teammates won the 2013 Upstate New York Student Conference Championships and finished in twenty-first place at the National Championships in Seattle.

Baker has earned Dean’s List honors for three semesters. After graduation in 2015, she plans to continue her studies and earn a master’s degree.

The Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers was founded in 1923. The section represents a membership of approximately 500 civil engineers and engineering students in and around the Central New York area.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Students Take Eighth in ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

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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SUNY Canton Wins ASCE Steel Bridge Competition

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The SUNY Canton student steel bridge team outscored its regional competitors by building the most efficient and economical bridge at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference Championships. The competition is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

Bridge Team in Action

SUNY Canton student steel bridge team vice president and bridge designer William W. Corbine of Potsdam (far right) tightens the final bolts on the College's bridge during the assembly stage of the competition.

The College hosted the bridge portion of the competition on Friday at the brand new Roos House Athletic Center. It was the 13th time in 17 years that SUNY Canton students have captured the regional title.

“Congratulations to our student steel bridge team for their regional victory and good luck to them in the nationals,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “I’m very proud of the time and energy they’ve poured into designing and making their bridge. I’m also extremely proud of all the work the team did to make hosting the competition such a great success. I’m certain that these experiences and successes will serve them well as they prepare for successful careers.”



The competition challenges student teams to construct a one-tenth-scale model bridge designed to meet certain criteria, including construction speed, lightness, display, stiffness, economy, and efficiency.

“The students made all of the right choices from the beginning to make this bridge the winning entry,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, a College instructor and SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter advisor. “I look forward to seeing them compete against top colleges and universities in the nation once again this year.”

The team will now prepare to head to the ASCE/AISC national competition scheduled for May 25 at Clemson University in South Carolina.

The judges use a formula to project how much implementation of each entry would cost, and the total cost determines the winning entry. The SUNY Canton bridge entry would cost an estimated $4.3 million and took just under eight minutes to construct. It was approximately $1.8 million cheaper and was assembled eight minutes faster than the nearest rival entry from second-place winner École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) from Montreal, Quebec.

Bridge Team

In order of finish, after the SUNY Canton and ETS entries were:

  • Cornell University
  • Clarkson University
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • The United States Military Academy at West Point
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

“This was the best regional competition that we’ve been to as far as I can remember,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the student steel bridge team. “I can’t thank the faculty, staff, students and administration enough for helping us make the event a tremendous success.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.


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Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition Starts Friday at SUNY Canton’s Roos House

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

SUNY Canton students will have home turf advantage while trying to build their bridge better and faster than their regional competition.

SUNY Canton and Clarkson University are cohosting the three-day American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference, featuring the Upstate Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition.

Steel Bridge Team

SUNY Canton ASCE Chapter members Briana K. Fosher of Rouses Point, Mike J. Muller, Jr., of Canton, and William W. Corbine of Potsdam, assemble their team's steel bridge during a practice run.

SUNY Canton’s ASCE student chapter has traditionally dominated the competition by annually planning, designing, and building a bridge that is stronger and more efficient than all of the other colleges and universities in the Northeast. The steel bridge portion of the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 20, at SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center Ice Rink.

“This is the first time we’ve ever hosted an ASCE conference at SUNY Canton,” said Paul D. Hitchman, one of the faculty advisors for the student steel bridge club. “Our new Roos House building will provide a great venue for the event.”

The competition portions of the conference are free and open to the public, and the bridge team anticipates many fans and onlookers at the event.

“This year’s challenge is to build a cantilever bridge from a man-made dam,” said SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter president Daniel R. Jones of Canton. “Our bridge is very different and more complicated than in previous years, but we’ve been practicing extensively.”

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. Other colleges and universities competing include 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.

“We begin designing and planning for this competition on the first day of the fall semester, or almost eight months in advance,” said ASCE student chapter vice president and bridge designer William W. Corbine of Potsdam. “I like to think we have an advantage over other larger schools in the competition because we build our bridge on-site and then practice until we can build it fast and efficiently.”

Corbine and Jones are both seniors in SUNY Canton’s civil and environmental technology program.

The SUNY Canton Alumni office is hosting a reception for former team members and other graduates who want to be involved with the regional conference. The special RSVP only event will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, in the mezzanine area overlooking the ice rink.

The mission of the Student Steel Bridge Competition is to supplement the education of students in the technology and engineering fields, with a student-driven project. 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 best apply their comprehensive engineering aptitude.

For a complete schedule of events in the competition, which includes an awards banquet for participating teams, and a concrete canoe race at Norwood Pond, please visit: http://www.canton.edu/news/index.php/asce-2012/

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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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.

Tom Woodruff

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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SUNY Canton Top 10 of ‘09

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

10. Next Stop, Hollywood

Several SUNY Canton students were the stars of a media event promoting the DVD release of the movie Max Payne. Students and faculty from the Criminal Investigation staged a murder mystery scenario in New York City that stumped international television, magazine, and web-based journalists. » More

9. Roos House Breaks Ground

Many have been enthusiastically watching the rapid progress of the College’s new Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center. The “Roos House” is going up in leaps and bounds, alongside a complete renovation of Nevaldine Technology Center. The College also plans to add a new residence hall on campus in the near future. » More

8. Strong Awards

Assistant Professor Robert Strong, PhD., won a competitive William Randolph Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activities for his book-in-progress “Bright Advent.” The award-winning author and poet penned a lyric history of King Phillip’s War including key events that led to the creation of America. » More

7. Nursing Options

Over the past year, SUNY Canton added a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a one-year Practical Nursing program. These programs were created to help meet the demand for more advanced trained nurses amidst a nation-wide professional health care shortage, and have built a full ladder curriculum for students to spend one, two, or four-years learning what they love. » More

6. Winterterm Becomes a Hot Item

Approximately 800 students took courses during the 2009-2010 Winterterm session. Enrollment increased nearly 60 percent from last year and is now five times as large as the 160 students who enrolled in the first Winterterm session four years ago. The semester between semesters has become a convenient and effective way for students to catch up or get ahead. » More

5. Coach Martin Keeps Winning

The American Hockey Coaches Association announced that former Hockey Coach Terry Martin was the 2009 recipient of the prestigious John “Snooks” Kelley Founders Award. Martin was the college’s head coach for 24 seasons (1974-1999), compiling a record of 527-211-29, including a 102-11-8 mark in his final four seasons. His teams won 12 national championship titles and were runner-ups five times. » More

4. SUNY Chancellor Visits

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher visited SUNY Canton in July as part of her summer-long tour of the 64 colleges and universities within the SUNY System. After being met at the College’s entrance by our Roo mascot, the Chancellor was introduced to the evolution and extraordinary growth that has distinguished the College among its peer universities. » More

3. Best Bridge Builders in the Nation

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas on Labor Day weekend by building a better bridge than any other college in the nation. The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition by practicing strenuously and beat the odds that favored larger universities with bigger names (and higher tuition.) » More

2. Centennial Campaign Clocks in at $11 Million

The largest and most comprehensive fundraising campaign in SUNY Canton’s 100-year history was successfully concluded after raising $11 million for scholarships and overall college enhancements. To honor Centennial Campaign Co-Chairs Ronald L. ’59 and Blanche K. ‘06 Woodcock, the alumni and foundation boards procured a landmark clock which now adorns the Roselle Academic Courtyard. » More

1. Enrollment Tops the Charts

SUNY Canton smashed its all-time high enrollment record during the Fall 2009 Semester with more than 3,300 students. There was a 20 percent increase in first-year, full-time students, and a 10 percent increase in overall enrollment from the previous year. The expansion has led to increased selectivity in the College’s signature career-driven programs. » More

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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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