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Clarkson University's Steel Bridge Team Wins Third Place in Regional Competition

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Clarkson University's Steel Bridge Team won third place in the AISC/ASCE Upstate New York Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition earlier this month at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The team is part of the University's Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) program. Steel Bridge 2008

Out of the four categories, the bridge placed second in construction time, second in display, third in stiffness (deflection under the 2,500 lb. load) and third in weight (total weight of bridge), giving the Clarkson team an overall position of third place.

The Clarkson Steel Bridge Team members are civil engineering seniors Stefan J. Widomski of Utica, N.Y., Ethan Bentley of Sand Lake, N.Y., Tom Detrie of Penfield, N.Y., Shawn Blitz, of Lakeland, Fla., Jessica Rocheleau of St. Albans, Vt., Kyle Czora of Bliss, N.Y., Bryanne Campbell of Weare, N.H., juniors Benjamin Lind of North Clarendon, Vt., Corey Novotny of Englishtown, N.J., sophomore Matthew Schram of Prospect, N.Y., and freshmen Jeremy Chapman of Fairfax, Vt., and Francis Dayamba of Schenectady, N.Y. Their faculty advisor is Yongming Liu.

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 350 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design, 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.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

Photo caption: Clarkson University's Steel Bridge Team won third place in the AISC/ASCE Upstate New York Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition earlier this month. Here, deflection is measured under a 2,500-pound load.

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