Members of the 2007 Steel Bridge Team, composed of eight civil and environmental engineering students, won first place at the 2007 Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition (RSSBC) recently held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on April 13-14, 2007. The team is now preparing for the National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) at California State University, Northridge on May 25-26, 2007.
Out of the seven categories, the team won 1st Place in Structural Efficiency, 2nd Place in Construction Speed, 2nd Place in Lightness, 3rd Place in Stiffness, and, although not an official category, ranked first in Lateral Deflection. Furthermore, the team won the award for the Best Conference Paper due to the exceptional work by team member Cate Fox-Lent. These strong rankings helped propel the team to win 1st Place Overall in the Pacific Northwest RSSBC, and secured their advancement to the upcoming national competition in California.
The annual competition is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and included 13 teams competing in this inter-collegiate competition designed to provide civil engineering students with comprehensive project experience. Participating students gain practical experience in structural conception and design, fabrication, construction and testing, organization and teamwork. The PSU team includes Andy Tibbetts, Jared Fischer, Cate Fox-Lent, Michael Glickman, Jesse McLaughlin, Cory Burlingame, Kyle Kraxberger, Mandy O'hara, and their faculty advisor Professor Peter Dusicka.
To read more about the competition and view additional pictures of the event please visit the 2007 Steel Bridge Team's web site.