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UI engineering students win regional bridge-building contest
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering student
chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) finished first
at the seven-team Steel Bridge Competition at the ASCE Upper Midwest Regional
Conference held Feb. 21 at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.
By winning the regional bridge-building contest, the UI chapter qualified
for the national competition to be held in Colorado this spring.
The UI ASCE bridge building team includes: Brad Ketels, Waterloo; Brandon
Miller, Brooklyn; Tom Nagle, Waterloo; Jason Smith, Clinton; and Steve
Suarez, Carol Stream, Ill. Civil and environmental engineering faculty
Colby Swan and Forrest Holly, as well as Steve Lasczak of the Iowa Institute
of Hydraulic Research (IIHR), assisted the students with their design and
attended the competition.
According to Holly, the Hawkeye bridge design, an underslung truss of
triangular section, was "definitely the classiest and most innovative."
In addition, the UI team made it a clean sweep by finishing first in all
six judging categories, including stiffness, aesthetics, economy, efficiency,
lightness, and speed of construction. The competition called for teams
to design and construct 21-foot-long steel bridges as light as possible
(the UI entry weighed about 94 pounds) and yet able to support a load of
2,500 pounds with minimal deflection.
In addition to the UI, other competitors were: North Dakota State University,
second place; South Dakota State University, third place; and the University
of Minnesota; the University of North Dakota; the University of Wisconsin
at Platteville; and Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
The UI team was supported by the College of Engineering, IIHR, UI Student
Government, the College of Engineering Student Council, the Engineering
Dean's Office, and civil and environmental engineering faculty.