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SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Lands Top Ten Finish in National Championships

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The SUNY Canton Steel Bridge team locked in a ninth-place finish at the 2019 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) National Competition. 

The SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team stands with their bridge in front of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Students from the college’s Canino School of Engineering Technology traveled with faculty members to compete Friday, May 1, at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

“We competed against the best teams in the United States and performed near flawlessly,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate and faculty adviser for the student-run team. “I’m proud of our students’ genuine ingenuity with this year’s bridge.”

A student drills a bolt onto a steel bridge.

The team placed 3rd in Construction Speed, 3rd in Stiffness, 6th in Economy, 12th in Efficiency, 22nd in Aesthetics, and 29th in Lightness out of 41 competitors. “We are counting this as a solid victory,” Hitchman said. 

Student competitors included: 

  • Chase D. Boyer, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Alex Bay.
  • Josh Glosenger, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Endicott.
  • Dale R. Harris, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Dundee.
  • Daniel Olin, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton.
  • Stephen J. Schermerhorn, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Cicero.
  • Bromlen E. Steinburg, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Madrid.
  • Benjamin York, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Auburn

SUNY Canton is scheduled to host the 2020 AISC Upstate New York Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition next spring. 

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