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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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/

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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.

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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.

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SUNY Canton Students Win Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers Conference

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
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WINNING BRIDGE - Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, Dan Fredendall of Holley, and Frederick Bach of Clayton assembling their winning bridge during the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at SUNY Canton won the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference last weekend ( at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“Over all it was a very good weekend,” noted Andrew Durrin, ASCE Student Chapter Captain and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology student from Plattsburgh. “This was the first year that ASCE offered a conference title and we won it.”

The students won first place in the Steel Bridge competition, the West Point Bridge Designer Contest, and the Mystery Competition, which led them to accumulate the points necessary to take home the conference title and an impressive number of trophies.

“The competition is getting better all the time,” Pointed out Robert Blickwedhl, ASCE Chapter advisor and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology faculty member. “We still have a lot of work to do before the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.”

The students will be heading to the National Competition May 23 and 24 at the University of Florida – Gainesville.

In the steel bridge event, SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter members placed first in construction speed, construction economy, lightness, and aesthetics, and second in both stiffness and structural efficiency. The students faced fierce competition from universities and colleges including SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson, University of Quebec Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNYIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Cornell. SUNY Canton has won a remarkable 12 times in 14 years, according to ASCE Advisor Paul Hitchman, an Instructional Support Associate in the Civil Engineering Technology department.

“We’d certainly like to thank all of our sponsors,” Hitchman said. “We’ve received substantial funding from Jefford’s Steel, Haun Welding, and Hilti Tools.”

The students also received support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, and numerous individual alumni and friends from the extended community.

The ASCE Student Chapter at SUNY Canton also includes:

  • Frederick Bach of Clayton
  • Daniel Fredendall of Holley
  • Peter Martin of Canton
  • Milton Skinner of Lacona
  • Tyler Purdy of Stephentown
  • Patrick Norton of Edmeston
  • Robert LeFevre of Morrisonville
  • Travis Mourick of Norfolk
  • Austin Schwencke of Malone
  • Michael Deshay of Endicott
  • Mathew Mason of Gouverneur

The chapter is also advised by Dennis Tuper, an Instructional Support Associate in the Automotive Department.

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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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Finishes 7th in Nation

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

A year’s worth of hard work, diligence, and practice have led a group of SUNY Canton students to another top ten finish in the national Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction (ASCE/AISC) Steel Bridge competition.

Bridge Team

BRIDGE TEAM —Pictured are (l to r) Paul Robbins, Austin Schwencke, Zach Wojciechowski, Beynan Ransom, Fred Bach, Mike Warren, front row, Craig Robert, William Walldroff, Jeremiah Hazelton, William Stacey, and Mike Gebler.

Last weekend, 15 students from the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge team and their faculty advisors traveled to California State University at Northridge with their hand-constructed bridge. The team performed admirably taking seventh place among all of the competing colleges, according to Instructional Support Associate Paul Hitchman, who serves as one of the Steel Bridge Team Faculty advisors.

“The team competed against 43 teams from across the nation for top honors,” said Hitchman. “The competition was extremely close this year with very little separating the top 20 schools.”

In order to win, the team accumulates points in several categories of competition. SUNY Canton placed third overall in lightness category, fifth in construction speed, eighth in efficiency, 13th in economy, and 25th in stiffness.

Bridge Team

KANGAROOS — The Steel Bridge Team proudly wore uniforms showing SUNY Canton's new athletic logo at the 2007 national championships. The team ran into students from another college sporting the same unique name. Pictured are (l to r) Jeremiah Hazelton and a member of the University of Missouri at Kansas City team, the only other Roos at the competition.

The top ten teams in the nation in order of their finish were: North Dakota State University; University of California at Davis; University of Wisconsin-Madison; Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada; Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.; University of Texas at Austin; SUNY Canton, Virginia Tech; University of California at Berkeley; Clemson University, S.C.

“As we close out another year of bridge building, the SUNY Canton team would like to thank the individuals and businesses that contributed toward another successful year,” Hitchman said. “I can’t tell you enough what this experience means to our students and how many opportunities it presents for their futures.”

The Bridge Team is sponsored by Jeffords Steel and Engineering of Potsdam, and corporate sponsors including Hilti power tools, The Copy Shop in Potsdam, FCL Management in Baldwinsville, Bach and Company of Clayton, Waldroff Farm Equipment in Canton, Stone Bridge Iron and Steel in Gansevoort, Coakley Carpet One Ace Hardware in Canton, Cianbro of Pittsfield, Maine, COP Construction in Utah, and Cives Steel Company in Gouverneur. The team also receives support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, the Student Cooperative Alliance, the College Association, and many faculty, staff, and friends of the college.

 

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