The YSU American Society of Civil Engineers has been hard at work this year. The concrete canoe and steel bridge teams competed well at the Ohio Valley Student Conference in Columbus, Ohio (The Ohio State University) in April.
The concrete canoe team placed second overall out of nine teams at their regional competition.
There are four main categories for judging: design paper, oral presentation, final product, and racing.
2nd in design paper
4th in oral presentation
2nd in final product
2nd in racing
1st in men’s sprint
2nd in men’s endurance
3rd in women’s sprint
3rd in women’s endurance
2nd in coed sprint
The endurance races include a 100 m slalom with 500 m of additional course.
Men’s and women’s sprints are two 100 m straights with a 180 degree turn in between.
Both men’s and women’s races have two people in the canoe at a time.
The coed sprint has two men and two women in the boat, and the team must altogether complete 400 m of straight and three 180 degree turns.
Other schools in the competition included the University of Akron, Western Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, University of Louisville, Cincinnati State University, University of Pittsburgh, Ohio University, and Ohio State University.
YSU team members included Miranda DeFuria (captain), Thomas Carnes, David Mendenhall, Leah McConnell, Karen Schilling, Nico Pagley, Gregory Lipp, Spencer DeSalvo, Kelly Hollis, Taylor Monroe, Jacob Millerleile, Julian Rosales, Montana Gessler, and Kenneth Anderson.
For this competition, students must design a 20′ scale bridge of a 200′ bridge. There are various design constraints that are given each year that present new challenges and are given in attempt to make this design experience as close to a real-life situation as possible.
The factors that decide the score are as follows:
- the weight of the bridge
- the amount that the bridge deflects when loaded with 2500 pounds
- how quickly the bridge can be assembled at the competition
- the appearance of the bridge
The YSU team placed first overall
1st in lightness
1st in display
1st in structural efficiency
2nd in construction speed
2nd in construction economy
4th in stiffness
The team members included Tommy Carnes (captain), David Mendenhall, Leah McConnell, Karen Schilling, Nico Pagley, Greg Lipp, Spencer DeSalvo, Miranda DeFuria, Montana Gessler, and Kenny Anderson.
Nationals are being hosted by Oregon State University May 26-27.