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SUNY Canton Finishes Seventh in National Steel Bridge Competition

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Students from SUNY Canton’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Chapter finished in a strong seventh place at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition held May 26 at Oregon State University.

Steel Bridge Team

“The SUNY Canton team performed flawlessly and we could not have wished for a better outcome,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter. “Our team competed against 43 prestigious universities, including the best teams that the United States, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico had to offer. We are calling this experience a solid win.”

The students designed and built a scale model steel bridge that fit within a complex set of rules determined by the competition organizers. The bridge is then assembled rapidly on site, evaluated in six different categories and measured against the other college’s entries. SUNY Canton finished within the top 10 in all but one category.

In the previous regional competition, SUNY Canton took second place and was topped only by ETS, a public engineering school in Montreal, Quebec. ETS went on to win the national competition.

“The competition was a great professional development and networking opportunity for the chapter members,” said Alex Sterling, a recent graduate of SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program and ASCE Chapter president.

Steel Bridge competing in Oregon

In addition to Sterling, eight members of the 25-student team made the trip to Oregon, including:

They were assisted by Hitchman and Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate in the Automotive Technology program. Numerous other faculty members in the Canino School of Engineering Technology are involved with the program. The SUNY Canton College Foundation helps pay for the students’ travel expenses.

“Eric S. Tessmer, owner of Riverside Iron, LLC in Gouverneur donated the steel for this year’s bridge,” Hitchman said. “He’s a graduate of our Civil Engineering Technology program and his support was key to our success.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

SUNY Canton Students Take Second in Steel Bridge Competition

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter won second place in the Upstate New York Regional Steel Bridge Competition held Friday, April 21 at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.

Based on their success, the SUNY Canton students have been invited to participate in the National Steel Bridge Competition held May 26 at Oregon State University.

Steel Bridge Team - Group Photo

“We were one of thirteen universities who competed,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter. “In addition to building a bridge, each team gave two presentations. Our students performed admirably against much larger universities in all categories.”

The SUNY Canton team was topped by their longtime rival, ETS of Montreal, but finished ahead of Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Waterloo, Hudson Valley Community College, the United States Military Academy and Clarkson University, among others.

Steel Bridge Team constructing their bridge

The competition challenges students to design and build a bridge that can be put up faster and perform better than the other entries. Students begin planning for this competition during the fall semester. Once a design is settled, the bridge is then constructed entirely at SUNY Canton. During the competition, the students assemble it rapidly and then test it for strength among other criteria.

“We’ve learned a lot about leadership, time management, design, fabrication, communication and how to work as a team,” said ASCE Student Chapter President Alex Sterling. “Through the combined efforts of many students, faculty, and staff, SUNY Canton has created a bridge that rivals the best in the nation. We’ve been able to apply much of what we’ve learned along the way.”

Steel Bridge Team constructing their bridge

Sterling is one of 25 students involved with the Steel Bridge Team. Other members are Jonathan Abreu, Kristoff Adderley, Joseph Butera, Alexis Carreau, Kimberly Collins, Justin Donaldson, John Drews, Jessica Fischer, Daniel Gagnon, Nathanael Lalone Colin Law, Erdous Lebron, Ashley Livingston, Kyle Lorey, Sean Marciano, Steven Martz, Barandyk Nurdinova, Sarah Nuss, Tyler Odell, Dan Olin, Jocelyn Racette, Kevin Segit, Bromlen Steinburg, Alex Sterling and David Viruso.

They were assisted by Hitchman and Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate in the Automotive Technology program. Numerous other faculty members in the Canino School of Engineering Technology are involved with the program. Eric S. Tessmer, owner of Riverside Iron, LLC in Gouverneur, sponsors the bridge. Tessmer is a 1991 alumnus who provided all of the steel for the build.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Roody Roo Enters in SUNY’s Mascot Madness Competition

Monday, March 13th, 2017

SUNY Canton’s Mascot, Roody Roo, will be competing in the fifth annual SUNY-Wide Mascot Madness tournament.

Approximately 40 mascots from SUNY Colleges across the state enter in the running. The competition is determined by online voting through the SUNY Big Ideas Blog. The most popular characters advance through a NCAA March Madness inspired bracket.

Voting is set to kick off at noon Tuesday, March 14. Roody is matched against Stinger the Hornet from SUNY Broome Community College in the first round.

Round 1: March 14 (noon) – March 16 (4 p.m.)
Round 2: March 20 (noon) – March 22 (4 p.m.)
Round 3: March 24 (noon) – March 27 (4 p.m.)
Round 4: March 29 (noon) – March 31 (4 p.m.)
Round 5: April 3 (noon) – April 5 (4 p.m.)

Last year, the kangaroo from Canton made it to the final four but was taken out by Wolfie Seawolf from Stony Brook University.

SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran enthusiastically supports this friendly competition, and even appeared in a new college video documenting Roody’s efforts to prepare for Mascot Madness. The college’s Videographer, Morgan D. Elliott, created a training montage set to the theme of the original Rocky movie.

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“Mascot Madness helps promote SUNY Canton spirit,” noted Szafran. “I may be biased, but I think we’ve got a strong shot at the title this year.”

Roody has appeared in eight of the college’s videos which are used for both on and off campus promotion.

SUNY Canton Engineering Technology Students Take Third in Steel Bridge Competition

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter placed third in the Upstate Regional Steel Bridge Competition held Friday, April 15, at the University of Buffalo.

The competition, which is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and ASCE, challenged students from 12 colleges and universities to design and fabricate a one-tenth-scale model bridge. Students rapidly assemble the bridges under simulated conditions and judges test them for weight and strength.

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“We placed third in economy, lightness, efficiency and speed, leading us to our overall third-place win,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter. “It was a learning experience for our team, and the competition will help our students gain a competitive advantage for future challenges.”

The ASCE Student Chapter is a point of pride at the college, and many faculty, staff and students look forward to the annual competition.

“The steel bridge provides a fantastic practical application of the theory and skills we teach our students,” noted SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “I am proud of the students and the faculty advisors who have made SUNY Canton a solid contender in the competition for so many years. Our students fared well against much larger engineering universities like Cornell, RIT, Syracuse, and even our close friends at Clarkson.”

University of Buffalo and ETS of Montreal, Canada, were the only two colleges to top SUNY Canton’s entry, according to Codi D. McKee ASCE Student Chapter President. McKee hails from Barker and will graduate from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program in May.

“We calculate and analyze every facet of our bridge,” he said. “It’s constructed by students and faculty members right here on campus, which maximizes the learning outcomes of the project. I really can’t thank Mr. Hitchman and Mr. [Dennis E.] Tuper enough for their guidance and support.”

The team has won the regional competition 15 times and finished in the top three in the last two years. SUNY Canton won the national competition in 2009.

Due to a competition technicality, the SUNY Canton ASCE Chapter will not be advancing to the national steel bridge competition this year. For three teams to advance, a minimum of 13 teams must compete in the regional competition. Only a dozen colleges entered this year.

In addition to McKee, the SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter includes:

  • Kristoff J. Adderley, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from the Bahamas.
  • Joseph M. Butera, a Civil Engineering Technology major from Auburn.
  • Michael Crowner, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Justin Donaldson, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Newburgh.
  • John Drews IV, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Sound Beach.
  • Justin J. Fuschino, a Mechanical Technology major from Schenectady.
  • Tara Huggins, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Robert Lambert, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Glens Falls.
  • Erdous LeBron, an Industrial Technology major from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Jenna M. LePage, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Massena.
  • Steven M. Martz, an Industrial Technology major from Hopewell Junction.
  • Sarah N. Nuss, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Wynantskill.
  • Daniel Olin, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Canton.
  • Bromlen E. Steinburg, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Madrid.
  • Alex D. Sterling, a Mechanical Technology major from Champlain.
  • Andrew C. Walker, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Camden.

Numerous faculty and staff members assist the team, including:

  • Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate for the Automotive Technology program.
  • Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate for the Powersports Performance and Repair program.
  • Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

The ASCE Student Chapter is partially funded by the SUNY Canton College Foundation.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Open House Welcomes Future Engineering Students of All Ages

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The college meets future students, and employers seek college graduates during the second-annual Engineers Week celebration.

Aaron Clark traveled to SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House from Saranac Lake with one goal in mind – to win the Corning Incorporated Foundation  sponsored scholarship at the bridge building contest.

He and his partner, Jacy Thompson, accomplished that objective and both walked away with the coveted $1,300 scholarship to the college. Clark and Thompson assembled pipe cleaners, Popsicle sticks, straws and plastic lacing to span a clear plastic bin. Judges then loaded two kilograms of weight onto the bridge and measured how much the laden bridge deflected, or bowed, under the strain.

Across the crowded classroom of about 60 young students, Naomi Crowell of Canton and Grace Sawyko of Pierrepont were skeptical about the appearance of their bridge, but their colorful creation earned the top spot in their section of the competition. The two excited 12-year-olds walked away with matching Lego Mindstorms kits they can use to build and program their own robots.

Aaron Clark and Jacy Thompson construct their winning bridge during the competition at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Aaron Clark and Jacy Thompson construct their winning bridge during the competition at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

“We really want the public to bridge the future with us at SUNY Canton,” said Michael Newtown, Interim Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “We love to open the doors to our great facility to show people what we do. It’s very important that we reach out to students at a younger age so they can discover their technical ability and their creativity.”

Right next to the bridge competition, members of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Chapter (commonly known as the Steel Bridge Team) practiced with their much larger model bridge. The college’s bridge will also be measured for deflection, among other criteria, when the team faces off against other colleges and universities at the upcoming annual competition.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Dakota Way and Brittany LaForty hold their prizes at the end of the bridge building competition during SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

Both faculty and students from the engineering technology curricula assisted Newtown with the event. Guests could see a faculty member’s custom-built industrial lumber processor, experiment with 3D technologies, participate in water-quality testing, and witness many of the resources available at the college.

Now in its second year, Engineers Week, and the Engineering Open House exposes the public to the fun side of the Canino School of Engineering Technology and offers current SUNY Canton students the chance to meet up with employers recruiting from their fields of study.

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A group of onlookers watch a student-run Lego Mindstorms robotics demonstration at SUNY Canton’s Engineers Week Open House.

“Seventy percent of our technicians come from SUNY Canton,” said Kyle R. Hartford, of Novelis, an Oswego-based rolled aluminum manufacturer. “If you graduate from Mechanical [Engineering Technology] or Electrical [Engineering Technology] you are pretty much guaranteed a job.”

About 20 different employers attended and spoke with students about their plans after graduation. New this year, representatives from General Electric (GE) in Schenectady attended the Engineers Week Career fair. “There are degree programs here that do apply directly to what we are looking for,” said Vernon Estes, a senior manufacturing engineer for GE.

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Vernon Estes, a Senior Manufacturing Engineer from General Electric speaks with Riley P. Taylor, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Major from Port Kent.

Other companies and organizations in attendance included New York State Electric and Gas, with representatives looking for students from the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program, among others, and the New York State Department of Transportation, with personnel seeking applicants from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology program, among others.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as ten exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Takes Third in Regional Steel Bridge Competition

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Students from SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology won third place for their steel bridge entry in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate Regional Conference.

The ASCE Student Chapter, commonly known as the Steel Bridge Team, designed their bridge to be assembled faster than their competitors. Overall, the team won first in speed, third in lightness, fifth in stiffness, third in aesthetics, first in economy and fifth in efficiency.

Steel Bridge Team

“The students assembled their bridge structure in 4.57 minutes, whereas the next-fastest entry completed theirs in 11.97 minutes,” noted Instructional Support Associate Paul D. Hitchman, who is the faculty advisor for the student-run club. “Of the fifty teams that competed, they were only topped by École de technologie supérieure, Montreal [Quebec] and SUNY Buffalo.”

The SUNY Canton team finished ahead of Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University and other standing rivals.

The ASCE issues a set of rules designed to challenge young engineers. The students then design a steel bridge to best fit within the guidelines. Typically, the contest asks colleges to create a bridge that can be constructed on-site and span a body of water, necessitating calculated assembly techniques and precision manufacturing.

The team then spends time practicing assembling the 40 individual pieces within the tightly regulated confines of the competition, according to bridge designer Codi D. McKee a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Barker.

Steel Bridge Team

“We knew going in that we wanted to be fast so we designed all of our connections to be quick,” McKee said. “We calculated the amount of time needed and used the fewest number of bolts we could to hold it together.”

He added that the steel bridge project was a real world hands-on experience that allows students to apply what they’ve learned in their classes. McKee also presented research at the conference, earning a fourth and sixth place award.

The students have now been invited to compete in the national competition on May 22 at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

In addition to Mckee, student members of the Steel Bridge Team are:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, the club president and a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville.
  • Michael Crowner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Gregory R. Denner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Ogdensburg.
  • Justin J. Fuschino, a Mechanical Technology major from Schenectady.
  • Zachery S. Limoges, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Ogdensburg.
  • Sarah N. Nuss, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Wynantskill.
  • Daniel Rohan, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Technology major from North Babylon.
  • Alex D. Sterling, a Mechanical Technology major from Champlain.
  • Jonathan Tennant, a SUNY Canton Engineering Science major from Ogdensburg.
  • Joseph D. Thompson, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Edwards.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew C. Walker, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Camden.

Numerous faculty and staff members assist the team, including:

  • Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate for the Automotive Technology program.
  • Neil A. Haney, an instructional support associate for the Powersports Performance and Repair program.
  • Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses, as well as 10 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Launches Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign with Selfie Challenge

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

SUNY Canton is joining the growing movement to combat sexual assault on college campuses by challenging all students to a selfie competition.

Students are encouraged to take photos of themselves promoting the national “It’s On Us” campaign and post them on Instagram and other social media sites.

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Hundreds of students hold “It’s on Us” signs at a SUNY Canton talent show.

“U.S. President Barack Obama launched the It’s On Us campaign as a rally cry for everyone to realize that the solution to sexual assault and violence begins with all of us,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “We are joining in the It’s On Us campaign by using social media to promote the theme. It’s a very good thing when SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Senator Kristen Gillibrand, our president and our students all are speaking with one voice about this important issue.”

Student Government Association President Melissa Cummins officially launched the campaign at “Canton’s Got Talent” during Homecoming weekend. She orchestrated a large group photograph of students holding “It’s On Us” signs.

Selfie Competition Details

 Students should post photos promoting the It’s On Us campaign using their own Instagram accounts. The college will monitor responses by searching for the hashtags #sunycanton and #itsonus. Students are also invited to tag the college’s Instagram account, @sunycantongram, when posting their photos. The first-place selfie submission will receive a night out on the town, including transportation and dinner for two at the 1844 House and a movie at the American Theater. Winners will be announced publicly during one of two Oct. 20 sexual assault awareness events listed below.

Entrants are encouraged to take unique selfie-style photos around SUNY Canton and the community holding a sign recognizing the It’s On Us motto or the key points of the campaign. A sample sign is available here. Photo submissions may be retweeted, posted or otherwise used to support the college’s efforts.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

SUNY Canton is sponsoring numerous outreach programs for students during the month of October focusing on sexual assault awareness, prevention and student safety, including:

  • A Break the Chain program focusing on dating, domestic violence and sexual violence beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Woodcock Conference Suites. The program will conclude with a candlelight vigil. Canton’s Renewal House and the college’s Counseling Center and several student clubs are involved with planning the event.
  • The college is also sponsoring the improvisational show “Sex Signals” that explores how social pressures, gender stereotypes and false preconceptions all contribute to the tensions found in dating. Sex Signals will also be held at 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The winner of the selfie challenge will be announced at the show.

There will also be several outreach programs in the residence halls and numerous informational tables to raise awareness of sexual assault on campus during the month of October.

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Finishes 13th in National Competition

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A group of SUNY Canton students placed 13th in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction competition was held May 23 through 24 at the University of Akron, Ohio. The team competed against approximately 50 other distinguished colleges and universities.

“We are proud of the valiant effort this group of students made in the two day event, and how favorably they represented their college,” said Paul D. Hitchman, the steel bridge team adviser and an instructional support associate in the Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

The steel bridge team proved their ability to compete at a national level after placing third in the upstate regional competition held April 24 at Cornell University, Ithaca. The team has won the regional competition 15 times in 18 years and won the national competition in 2009.

The SUNY Canton students competed against teams from the United States, South America and Canada. The University of California, Davis was named the national champion.

Hitchman said he was grateful for the college-wide support the team received.

“Our students gained a memorable experience because of the effort and financial support of many from within the SUNY Canton family,” he said. “I want to thank all of the employees, alumni and corporations that support us year in and year out.”

The steel bridge team will return to competition this fall with a regional tournament at West Point. The students will be given a new challenge and will have to design a new bridge for the 2015 competitions.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Preps for National Competition

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Students from SUNY Canton’s engineering technology programs are slated to compete against teams from about 50 other colleges and universities at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Institute of Steel Construction competition will begin on May 23 at the University of Akron in Ohio.

The SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter, commonly referred to as the steel bridge team, recently finished third in the Upstate Regional Competition. Their high-scoring entry earned them an invite to the next level of competition.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena and Nathan A. Archer of Canton (background) work with Andrew C. Walker of Camden (foreground) to rapidly assemble SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

“The team picked up a couple of avoidable penalties at regionals,” said steel bridge team adviser Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology. “With a little work they can continue to be competitive at the national level.”

The students were upset by their longtime rival École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) from Montreal, Quebec, and by SUNY Buffalo. The team has swept the competition 15 times in 18 years.

The team designed the scale-model bridge to be extremely light, while maintaining its structural integrity during weight testing. ASCE Student Chapter President Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville pointed out that the team did win first place in the lightness category.

“I’m very confident in our bridge and in our team,” Baker said. “We are going to make a few changes so we can place higher at the national competition.”

Baker is one of several Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology majors in the eight-student team.

The students placed fourth in construction speed, eighth in aesthetics, second in stiffness, seventh in economy and second in efficiency at the regional competition.

The bridge team is now seeking donations to offset travel costs for their trip to Akron, Ohio, which are estimated to be more than $7,000. To support the team, please contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at 315-386-7127 or email foundation@canton.edu.

For more information about the steel bridge team, please read the April 21 article “SUNY Canton Students Aim to Build a Bridge Better, Faster and Stronger.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Students Take Eighth in ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

SUNY Canton’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) placed eighth in the nation with their economical and efficient steel bridge.

The College was one of 47 teams to participate in the ASCE National Steel Bridge Championships, held over Memorial Day Weekend at Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. Their top-ten position followed a first place victory at the ASCE Regional Championships recently hosted at SUNY Canton.

Bridge Team in Action

“The team members worked very hard to make sure all of the details were right and put in the extraordinary practice time necessary to compete in this level,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, one of the three faculty advisors for the Steel Bridge Team. “Our team is in the top 20 percent of the competing universities, including some of the most famous, prestigious and expensive engineering schools in the nation.”

The team took third place in construction speed with a 6.70 minute overall assembly time. The students additionally took 11th place in the lightness category, and 13th in display.

“William Corbine, the Civil and Environmental Technology major who designed the bridge, struck an excellent balance between weight, stiffness and overall constructability,” noted Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty member and steel bridge team advisor.

The SUNY Canton steel bridge team has won the regional championships a remarkable 12 times in 16 years and accrued a national championship title in 2009.

The overall mission of each ASCE Student Steel Bridge challenge is to supplement the education of students in the technology and engineering fields. Students oversee all aspects of the fabrication, assembly and testing of their one-tenth scale model bridge to maximize performance and economy, as a way to apply their comprehensive engineering aptitude.

The 2011-2012 SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members included:

  • Ralph Alfano, an individual studies major from Pleasantville;
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a civil and environmental technology major from Boonville;
  • Josh M. Beyer, a civil and environmental technology major from Castile;
  • William W. Corbine, a civil and environmental technology major from Potsdam;
  • Briana K. Fosher, an industrial technology management major from Rouses Point;
  • Daniel R. Jones, a civil and environmental technology major from Canton;
  • Mike J. Muller, an individual studies major from Malone;
  • Eric S. Schreiber, a mechanical technology major from Baldwinsville;
  • William L. Stevens, a construction technology management major from North Rose; and
  • Dusten S. Wells from Mexico, N.Y.

The team is also advised and supported by Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate in the College’s automotive technology program.

For more about the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team, visit Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition Starts Friday at SUNY Canton’s Roos House, and SUNY Canton Wins ASCE Steel Bridge Competition.