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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.

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 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 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 Aim to Build a Bridge Better, Faster and Stronger

Monday, April 21st, 2014

SUNY Canton students will be competing in the 2014 American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference and Steel Bridge Competition.

The conference will be held April 24 to 26 at Cornell University, Ithaca. It will be the 18th time that the College has entered a steel bridge in the competition. SUNY Canton’s ASCE Student Chapter, commonly known as the steel bridge team, has won the regional competition 14 times prior.

Bridge team members said this year’s bridge is much more complex than the previous year’s bridges.

“We were trying to make it as light as possible,” said Ethan J. Fregoe, an Engineering Science major from Massena. “There are three times as many pieces and three times as many bolts as last year’s bridge.”

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members Andrew C. Walker of Camden and Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena tightening the bolts on their competition-ready bridge.

Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members Andrew C. Walker of Camden and Ethan J. Fregoe of Massena tightening the bolts on their competition-ready bridge.

The challenge changes each year and students must come up with a completely new design to compete. This year’s objective is to rapidly replace a timber railroad trestle over a river. The line is essential for transporting ore from a lithium mine for a battery production facility, necessitating rapid construction of a replacement bridge.

Codi D. McKee of Barker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major and vice president of the steel bridge team, said that the competition helped him apply his education with hands-on practice. “Sometimes things you work out on paper don’t work in real life,” McKee said. “The real challenge is to apply everything you’ve learned into something tangible.”

McKee and former bridge team president William W. Corbine III of Potsdam designed the bridge together during the fall semester. Corbine graduated in December, 2013.

Rules of the competition dictate that students design and construct a scale model of a bridge that will meet all of the rules for the competition. Entries are evaluated on stiffness, lightness, construction speed, display, efficiency and economy, according to steel bridge team advisor Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate in SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology.

Hitchman recently received a letter from ASCE commending the SUNY Canton student chapter’s vast improvement through increased student activities, community service and student leadership. “The Chapter’s accomplishments reflect the enthusiasm and hard work of your student officers and members, as well as your fine guidance as faculty advisor,” wrote Leslie Payne, ASCE director of student and younger member programs.

In addition to Fregoe and Mckee, steel bridge team members include:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville. Baker is the President of the student run club.
  • Michael Crowner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Gouverneur.
  • Gregory R. Denner, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Ogdensburg.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew C. Walker, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Camden.

Dennis Tuper, an Automotive Technology instructional support associate and Paul P. Nasados, a Civil and Environmental Technology assistant professor join Hitchman as the steel bridge team’s advisors.

 

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.

ASCE Awards Scholarship to SUNY Canton Student

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has chosen a SUNY Canton student as the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship.

Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville, received the award for her exceptional academic achievements and involvement with the SUNY Canton ASCE student chapter.

Alyssa Baker

Alyssa M. Baker, ’15, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the
Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Alyssa is an extremely dedicated person, hard worker, achieves high grades and sincerely cares about humanity,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a SUNY Canton instructional support associate and faculty adviser for the bridge team. “It is fitting that she is being recognized with this scholarship.”

Baker is a member of the SUNY Canton student steel bridge team, which competes annually against some of the most prestigious universities in the country to build a scale-model bridge. The contest challenges future engineers to display their skills in design, fabrication and team  work. They are judged on certain criteria including construction speed, lightness and economy. Baker and her teammates won the 2013 Upstate New York Student Conference Championships and finished in twenty-first place at the National Championships in Seattle.

Baker has earned Dean’s List honors for three semesters. After graduation in 2015, she plans to continue her studies and earn a master’s degree.

The Syracuse Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers was founded in 1923. The section represents a membership of approximately 500 civil engineers and engineering students in and around the Central New York area.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Continues Win Streak

Friday, April 26th, 2013

The SUNY Canton student steel bridge team once again earned a first-place finish at the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Student Conference Championships held at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

This is the 14th time in 17 years that SUNY Canton’s ASCE student chapter has captured the regional title, and their win earns them a spot in the national intercollegiate contest to be held next month at the University of Washington in Seattle, where they will compete against some of the most prestigious schools in the country.

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SUNY Canton steel bridge team members Alyssa M. Baker of Boonville, Nathan A. Archer of Canton and William W. Corbine III of Potsdam during a practice session.

“The entire SUNY Canton community is extremely proud of the steel bridge team’s achievement at the regional competition,” said Interim President Carli C. Schiffner. “These talented students are outstanding ambassadors for our school, and we are thrilled that they will be representing SUNY Canton in Seattle next month.”

Co-sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the contest challenges future engineers to display their skills in design, fabrication and teamwork by building a one-tenth scale model bridge to meet certain criteria, such as construction speed, lightness and economy. The team completed the construction in 5 minutes and 15 seconds and earned first place in the regional event’s speed subcategory. The team also placed in three other categories:

  • Second place in lightness
  • Second place in construction economy
  • Third place in structural efficiency
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Michael J. Verstraete of Marion works on the middle section of SUNY Canton’s steel bridge while Nathan A. Archer of Canton and William W. Corbine III of Potsdam complete their side.

“This year’s bridge is built with speed in mind,” said bridge designer and Civil and Environmental Technology major William W. Corbine III from Potsdam. “Our success relies on an efficient design and a cooperative team.”

In addition to Corbine, the 2013 steel bridge team members are:

  • Nathan A. Archer, an Industrial Technology major from Canton.
  • Alyssa M. Baker, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Boonville.
  • Briana K. Fosher, an Industrial Technology major from Rouses Point.
  • Laura Pratt, an Engineering Science major from Binghamton.
  • Michael J. Verstraete, a Mechanical Technology major from Marion.
  • Andrew Walker, a Mechanical Technology major from Camden.
  • Dusten S. Wells, a Civil and Environmental Technology major from Mexico, N.Y.
  • Teofilo R. Yerdon, a Graphic and Multimedia Design major from Gouverneur.
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Pictured are Dusten S. Wells of Mexico, N.Y. and Andrew Walker of Camden finishing the final portion of SUNY Canton’s steel bridge.

The students began working on the bridge in February and have dedicated countless hours to fine-tuning their skills.

“The students gave up their spring break to prepare for competition,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an instructional support associate and faculty adviser for the team.

Hitchman and co-adviser Dennis E. Tuper help to raise the necessary funds needed to cover the travel and lodging expenses for the team, which are significantly higher than in year’s past due to the national competition’s location. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the team may contact the SUNY Canton College Foundation at 315-386-7127, 800-811-6727, or email foundation@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton Foundation Awards $30,000 for Campus Enhancements

Friday, December 21st, 2012
Mary Karr

Mary Karr, author of award-winning memoirs, was one of the previous guest speakers at SUNY Canton’s Living Writers Series. The series will be funded through the College Foundation this spring.

The SUNY Canton College Foundation recently announced the recipients of the 7th annual Campus Enhancement Awards.

“These projects are made possible through unrestricted donations, which are an important resource the College utilizes to fund creative and innovative projects that benefit our community,” said Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of the SUNY Canton College Foundation David M. Gerlach. “We are extremely grateful to all of the donors who have supported the Foundation.”

Some unrestricted donations come directly from SUNY Canton faculty and staff members. Last year, more than 230 employees donated approximately $60,000 to the Foundation via payroll deductions.

Among this year’s Campus Enhancement Awards are:

  • The Living Writers lecture series during the spring semester.
  • Instructional software for nursing students.
  • A professional practice field trip for students in the graphic and multimedia design program.
  • Healthy lifestyle training programs.
  • A student field trip to the United Nations building in New York City.
  • Funds for students to attend the 2013 Regional Steel Bridge Competition.
  • New equipment and other upgrades to the student resource library.
  • Problem-solving software for engineering students.

In addition to the annual Campus Enhancement Awards, the College Foundation also funds student scholarships, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and unique learning and research fellowships.