CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: May 14, 1999
UI engineering students to participate in national
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
The University of Iowa College of Engineering student chapter of the American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will participate in the 1999 National Steel
Bridge Competition May 28-30 in Anchorage, Alaska.
Earlier this year, the team qualified for the national
competition by placing second at the ASCE Midwest Regional Conference held
at Iowa State University in Ames. The UI ASCE bridge building team includes:
Todd Barrett, of Shelby; Dan Bell, of Lisbon; Mark Graeser, of Waverly; and
Jason Smith, of Clinton. Colby Swan, assistant professor of civil and environmental
engineering, assisted the students with the project.
The competition calls for teams to design and construct
an 18-foot-long steel bridge as light as possible and yet able to support
a load of 2,500 pounds with minimal deflection. The UI bridge weighs about
110 pounds. The bridges are judged in a variety of categories, including weight,
aesthetics, construction time and lateral and vertical deflection.
The UI team is supported by contributions from private
industry, the College of Engineering, and the University of Iowa Student Government.