Kennesaw State Steel Bridge Student Competition Team builds to a national finish
Engineering team takes 16th among nation’s best construction and civil engineering collegiate competitors
MARIETTA, Ga. (Jun 8, 2016) — For the second year in a row, Kennesaw State’s Steel Bridge Student Competition Team earned a top-20 finish in the American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction’s 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition.
The team, composed of students in the University’s Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, recently returned from the nation’s premier competition for civil and construction engineering student teams at Brigham Young University in Utah.
Their 16th-place finish, for designing and building their 191-pound steel structure in just over eight minutes, beat out nearly 30 other teams including Cal Poly Pomona, Texas A&M, University of Tennessee and George Washington University. Teams were scored in categories such as construction, lightness, display, stiffness, economy and efficiency. The KSU team placed 18th overall last year.
According to ASCE, the annual fast-paced steel bridge student competition increases awareness of engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, aesthetics and cost; and prepares students for the challenges facing the engineering industry.