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Clarkson University's PCI Big Beam Team Places Sixth in Nation at Competition

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Clarkson University's team placed sixth overall in the nation for the 2007 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) Engineering Student Design Competition. The PCI Big Beam team, as it is known, will receive $1,000 and additional prizes for its efforts. This is the fourth year Clarkson has been involved in the competition. pci2007

The Clarkson team members are seniors Daniel T. Borcz of Pendelton, N.Y.; Justin J. Gentzke of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Darren P. Weber of North Bennington, Vt.; and junior David J. Holmes of Canaan, N.H. Their advisor was Jubum Kim, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives exemplifying Clarkson's "defy convention" 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 defies 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.

[Photo Caption: Clarkson University seniors Daniel Borcz and Darren Weber setting up test equipment on the PCI Big Beam.]

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