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Clarkson University's Steel Bridge Team Wins Third Place

Clarkson University's steel bridge team won third place in the Upstate New York Regional, a competition held by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) last weekend at Cornell University in Ithaca. The team is part of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program.

Out of four categories, the bridge placed first in stiffness (deflection under the 2,500 lb. load), third in aesthetics, third in weight (total weight of bridge), and third in construction time. Overall, Clarkson tied for third place.

The steel bridge team members are Ethan Bentley, a sophomore civil engineering major from Sand Lake, N.Y.; Shawn Blitz, a junior civil engineering major from Lakeland, Fla.; Kyle Czora, a junior civil engineering major from Bliss, N.Y.; Thomas Detrie, a junior civil engineering major from Penfield, N.Y.; Sarah French, a sophomore civil engineering major from Derry, N.H.; Maxwell Martin, a sophomore environmental engineering major from Saranac Lake, N.Y.; Jessica Rocheleau, a junior civil engineering major from St. Albans, Vt.; and Stefan Widomski, a sophomore civil engineering major from Utica, N.Y.

The SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives exemplifying Clarkson's boundary-spanning approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design and analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with contributions from ExxonMobil and Turner Construction Company. The program was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

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