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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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Bridge Team Advisers Receive Prestigious SUNY Canton Excellence in College Service Award

Friday, May 24th, 2013

SUNY Canton’s College Council recently honored two instructional support associates for their contributions to the Canino School of Engineering Technology and to the incredible success of the College’s student steel bridge team.

Paul D. Hitchman ’95 and Dennis E. Tuper ’02 received the 2013 Excellence in College Service Award for their countless hours of dedication and work with the SUNY Canton student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers in preparation for regional and national intercollegiate competition.

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Dennis E. Tuper and Paul D. Hitchman, instructional support
Associates in the Canino School of Engineering Technology and ASCE Steel Bridge Team advisors, both received the SUNY Canton Excellence in College Service Award.

“Paul’s and Dennis’ enthusiasm and commitment to student success are well known across the SUNY Canton community,” said SUNY Canton Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “Their contributions to the College and to the bridge team have been invaluable and are most deserving of this award.”

Each year, engineering student teams from across North America construct a one-tenth-scale model bridge designed to meet certain criteria, such as construction speed, lightness, display, stiffness, economy and efficiency. Under Hitchman’s and Tuper’s guidance, the SUNY Canton team placed first in regional competition 14 times in the past 17 years, including this year, by besting rivals like Cornell University, Clarkson University and the Rochester Institute of Technology and even captured the national championship title in 2009.

Hitchman previously worked as a designer and draftsman for engineering firms before joining SUNY Canton as a Civil Engineering Technology instructional support associate. He advises the students in designing, drawing and fabricating the bridge. Tuper, an Automotive Technology instructional support associate, is a certified master technician with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. In addition to advising the students on bridge assembly, he welds all the bridge components for competition.

Outside the classroom, Hitchman and Tuper have worked with the Canton College Foundation to raise the necessary funds needed to purchase bridge materials and cover travel expenses for the team. They both also regularly volunteer their time to assist with other College events.

The Excellence in College Service Award is presented annually to a member of the professional staff who demonstrates effectiveness in performance and university service, professional ability and mastery in their specialization.

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.

 

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

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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 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.

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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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SUNY Canton Builds the Best Bridge in Upstate Competition

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

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 American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, known locally as the college’s “Steel Bridge Team” builds their bridge during the recent Upstate New York Regional Conference. Pictured is Patrick Norton of Edmeston, part of the rapid bridge assembly team.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, known locally as the college’s “Steel Bridge Team” builds their bridge during the recent Upstate New York Regional Conference. Pictured is Patrick Norton of Edmeston, part of the rapid bridge assembly team.

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 foundation@canton.edu.

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.

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

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