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

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
Bridge Team

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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