The Steel Bridge Team at Washington State University designs and fabricates a steel bridge every year to be entered in the local regional competition. The annual American Society of Civil Engineers Northwest Regional Conference consists of a number of student competitions and presentations, including the steel bridge competition. In April 2009 the conference will be hosted by Carroll College and Montana State University in Helena, MT. The top three teams from the regional competition will advance to the national competition--hosted in May 2009 by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
By joining the Steel Bridge team, students benefit from the experience of designing and fabricating the entire bridge. As future civil engineers, this experience is invaluable in preparation for a career and is a great resume builder. Students are encouraged to become involved with the team whether it be in the administrative, design, or fabrication fields. And of course, it's fun!
The bridge is evaluated on stiffness, lightness, construction speed, display, efficiency, and economy. The winner is decided based on highest overall score. Every year, the competition rules change which require the team to adapt to new designs and strategies. For more information and rules click here.
In April 2009 the conference will be hosted by Carroll College and Montana State University in Helena, MT. The national competition will be in May 2009, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Benefits for Student Who join
- Students get hands on knowledge of how to research design and construct a steel bridge out of raw materials .
- Students will meet upper classman and create a strong bond between then and the civil engineering community.
- If students chose to get really evolved they will meet a lot of professors and develop relationship that extend out side the classroom setting.