SUNY Canton ASCE Chapter members Briana K. Fosher of Rouses Point, Mike J. Muller, of Canton, and William W. Corbine of Potsdam, assemble their team's steel bridge during a practice session..
SUNY Canton Students Take Eighth in ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships
2012 Jun 12SUNY 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 and American Institute of Steel Construction 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. "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 ASCE Steel Bridge Team included: