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Clarkson University Hosts ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition at Norwood Lake April 21

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Clarkson University and SUNY Canton will cohost the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference, featuring concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions, Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21.

Clarkson University students paddle a previous year’s concrete canoe.The steel bridge building and loading competition will be conducted on Friday starting at 9 a.m. at SUNY Canton's Roos House Athletic Center Ice Rink in Canton, N.Y.

The concrete canoe display and races will be held on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norwood Lake Pavilion in Norwood, N.Y.

Both events are free and events are open to the public.

"Most people won't believe that the canoes are made of concrete, but it's truly an engineering feat,” says Clarkson ASCE student chapter president Alex Deduck. “In addition to the race, each school will have a display of its canoe, showing a cross section, photos of the building process, and a report showing the methods and Ideas behind the choices each team has made."

There will be several classes of races, including men's and women's sprint, men's and women's endurance, and co-ed races.

"The conference is a great way for schools in the area to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life situations,” says Deduck. “Not only do we have a chance to showcase our ‘solution’ to a given problem or constraints, but we get to see how other students went about solving the problem. It's a great learning experience and a lot of fun."

Colleges and universities competing over the weekend include Clarkson University, Cornell University, Ecole de Technologie Superieure (Montreal), Hudson Valley Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Canton, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the University at Buffalo.

"The other ASCE officers -- Shannon Gibson, Alex Hango, Tim Mills, Daniel Stevens, Britni Ashline, Laura Lichtenthal -- and I have been working very hard on this conference for about a year now,” says Deduck. “We are all excited and looking forward to seeing some great competitions. We are very proud to be cohosting the conference here at Clarkson. Being able to show off our facilities and engineering prowess is something really special for my senior year."

The first place concrete canoe team will be invited to the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition in June.

The competition provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University students paddle a previous year’s concrete canoe.

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