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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.

SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Wins National Competition

Monday, May 25th, 2009
Pictured is Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, a 2009 Graduate of the SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Program and a member of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team. Purdy and his Teammates won the national Student Steel Bridge Competition.

Pictured is Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, a 2009 Graduate of the SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology Program and a member of the SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge Team. Purdy and his Teammates won the national Student Steel Bridge Competition.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Team hit it big in Vegas and built a better bridge than any other college in the nation.

The team won the 2009 National Student Steel Bridge Competition held Memorial Day Weekend at the University of Las Vegas.

“Good bridge design is determined by the correct balance between several factors,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team Advisor and SUNY Canton faculty member. “The Canton team got the balance just right.

The team is judged on six categories that lead to a total aggregate score. SUNY Canton’s team placed 1st in speed, 3rd in economy, 10th in deflection, 14th in weight, 10th in efficiency, and 27th in aesthetics.

“It was a very close competition,” said Robert R. Blickwedehl, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team advisor and Civil Engineering faculty member Robert. “They won by less than one second and less than one pound.”

Faculty members said that the team practiced strenuously until to reduce the total assembly time down to 3 minutes and one second. “Speed of construction was the teams’ strength and the design of the bridge capitalized on it,” Blickwedehl said.

Students prepare for the annual competition for two semesters. They create new bridge designs and computer-generated drawings annually in preparation for the competition. The bridge is designed to satisfy the extensive rules outlined by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the ASCE.

The Steel Bridge team is comprised entirely of students in SUNY Canton’s career-driven Civil Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.

North Dakota State University won second in the competition and Lakehead University of Ontario, Canada, took third. SUNY Canton also beat out schools including RPI, Clarkson University, Clemson State, RIT, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Members of the ASCE Student Chapter at SUNY Canton include:

· Michael Bagalonis of Gouverneur

· Yong Ding of Sichuan, China

· Robert LeFevre of Morrisonville

· Jonathan Liberty of Pennellville

· Milton Skinner of Lacona

· Peter Martin of Saranac Lake

· Tyler Purdy of Stephentown

· Patrick Norton of Edmeston

· Kristine Williams of Ogdensburg

· Michael Woodruff of Vermontville

· Ying Yang of Sichuan, China

· Miao Zheng of Sichuan, China

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.