Posts Tagged ‘Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers’

SUNY Canton Students Place Fifth in Regional Bridge Competition

Friday, May 4th, 2018

A team of SUNY Canton students designed a steel bridge that could hold approximately 2,500 pounds and could be built in slightly more than 6 minutes.

Students from the colleges American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter recently placed fifth in the Upstate Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy. The team upset Clarkson University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the United States Military Academy, but were topped by teams from Montreal, Quebec, and the University of Buffalo, among others.

Kyle Lorey tightens a bolt on the steel bridge

Kyle Lorey, a SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Corning, tightens a bolt during a practice run building SUNY Canton’s steel bridge for the American Society of Civil Engineers Upstate Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition.

“I’m exceptionally proud of this year’s team,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the student organization. “They pulled together to design one of our finest bridges. The students demonstrated teamwork and advanced problem-solving tactics that will help them in their careers to come.”

The SUNY Canton ASCE team’s bridge placed first in lightness, first in display, second in deflection, second in efficiency, sixth in economy and eighth in construction speed. All categories are combined creating an overall cost of the bridge. The team with the most economical bridge wins the competition.

Steel bridge team member assemble the bridge in a practice run.

Pictured are (L to R) SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team members Stephen J. Schermerhorn of Cicero, Chase R. Boyer of Clayton, Kyle Lorey of Corning and Erdous Lebron of Puerto Rico.

Jessica L. Fischer, a graduating senior in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program from Buffalo, served as this year’s ASCE vice president and helped lead the entire club over the course of her final two semesters.

“This year we had a unique student chapter membership from a mix of all engineering technology disciplines which gave us a dynamic perspective on the bridge we produced,” Fischer said. “We compete in one of the toughest regions in the ASCE system and we take pride knowing we continually do well against the top engineering schools in the region.”

SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team group photo

The collected SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team includes some of the top students at SUNY Canton and faculty and staff support from across the campus.

The steel bridge is a point of pride at SUNY Canton and garners support from many faculty and staff members. Hitchman is joined by faculty members Joseph F. Reilly, Andrew Reiter and Yilei Shi as advisors for the successful student group. Dennis E. Tuper, an Instructional Support Associate in the automotive program and a precision welder, spent more than 100 hours helping students fabricate their design.

The steel used to construct the bridge was donated by 1991 alumnus Eric S. Tessmer, who owns Riverside Iron, LLC, Gouverneur. The team also receives support from the Canton College Foundation and the SUNY Canton’s President’s Office.

In addition to Fischer, team members include:

  • Kristoff J. Adderley, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from the Bahamas.
  • Johnathan N. Andre, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Saranac.
  • Chase R. Boyer, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Clayton.
  • Kristoff J. Adderley, an Electrical Engineering Technology major from the Bahamas.
  • Johnathan N. Andre, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Saranac.
  • Chase R. Boyer, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Clayton.
  • Joseph M. Butera, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Auburn
  • Alexis M. Carreau, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Hoosick Falls.
  • Kimberly Collins, an Engineering Science major from Saranac Lake.
  • Justin Donaldson, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Newburgh
  • John C. Drews IV, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Sound Beach.
  • Daniel C. Gagnon, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Rensselaer Falls.
  • Josh Glosenger, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Endicott.
  • Dale R. Harris, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Dundee
  • Collin Law, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canastota
  • Erdous Lebron, an Industrial Technology major from Puerto Rico.
  • Ashley Livingston, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Lisbon.
  • Kyle Lorey, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Corning.
  • Jake LeVea, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Fulton.
  • Sean P. Marciano, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Mechanicville.
  • Sara M. O’Duffy, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Lakeville.
  • Daniel Olin, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Canton.
  • Jocelyn Racette, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Port Kent.
  • Stephen J. Schermerhorn, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology major from Cicero.
  • Kevin A. Segit, an Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems major from Fly Creek.
  • Bromlen E. Steinburg, a Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology from Madrid.

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 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Builds the Best Bridge in Upstate Competition

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

A year’s worth of hard work, diligence, and practice has led a group of SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology students to another victory in the Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Regional Conference.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, known locally as the college’s “Steel Bridge Team” builds their bridge during the recent Upstate New York Regional Conference. Pictured is Patrick Norton of Edmeston, part of the rapid bridge assembly team.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, known locally as the college’s “Steel Bridge Team” builds their bridge during the recent Upstate New York Regional Conference. Pictured is Patrick Norton of Edmeston, part of the rapid bridge assembly team.

The SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter’s “Steel Bridge Team” competed against eight of their closest rival colleges and universities this past weekend at the University at Buffalo.

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter, known locally as the college’s “Steel Bridge Team” builds their bridge during the recent Upstate New York Regional Conference. Pictured is Patrick Norton of Edmeston, part of the rapid bridge assembly team.

“SUNY Canton’s team came through again,” said Paul D. Hitchman, an ASCE Steel Bridge Team Advisor and SUNY Canton faculty member. “Now we will prepare to compete against the top teams in the country at the ASCE National Competition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on May 22.”

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. Students compute and analyze the structural integrity and engineer the bridge to be assembled as fast as possible.

SUNY Canton placed first in all five categories of construction speed, economy, efficiency, lightness, and stiffness.

Colleges finishing behind SUNY Canton included ETS of Montreal, University at Buffalo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNYIT, Clarkson University, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.

SUNY Canton has been the team to beat and has swept up 13 regional wins in 15 years. In 2006 the College placed second in the ASCE national championships.

In addition to the steel bridge competition, SUNY Canton students participated in several other engineering activities that were judged for points and tallied for an overall team score for the weekend. SUNY Canton’s entry in the Boomilever Competition also won first place. The objective of this event was to design and build the lightest cantilevered wooden structure that would hold a predetermined amount of weight.

In another event, Miao Zheng, a student in the  SUNY China 150 program, received third place for her research paper on Sustainability and Civil Engineering. “Miao did a fabulous job with her power point presentation and a great job answering the judge’s questions,” Hitchman said.

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

The team now begins the difficult task of securing the necessary funding to pay for travel to the national competition. To support the team, contact the SUNY Canton Foundation at 386-7127 ro email foundation@canton.edu.

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.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

SUNY Canton Students Win Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers Conference

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
Bridge Team

WINNING BRIDGE - Pictured are (l to r) SUNY Canton students Tyler Purdy of Stephentown, Dan Fredendall of Holley, and Frederick Bach of Clayton assembling their winning bridge during the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter at SUNY Canton won the 2008 Upstate New York ASCE Student Conference last weekend ( at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“Over all it was a very good weekend,” noted Andrew Durrin, ASCE Student Chapter Captain and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology student from Plattsburgh. “This was the first year that ASCE offered a conference title and we won it.”

The students won first place in the Steel Bridge competition, the West Point Bridge Designer Contest, and the Mystery Competition, which led them to accumulate the points necessary to take home the conference title and an impressive number of trophies.

“The competition is getting better all the time,” Pointed out Robert Blickwedhl, ASCE Chapter advisor and SUNY Canton Civil Engineering Technology faculty member. “We still have a lot of work to do before the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.”

The students will be heading to the National Competition May 23 and 24 at the University of Florida – Gainesville.

In the steel bridge event, SUNY Canton ASCE Student Chapter members placed first in construction speed, construction economy, lightness, and aesthetics, and second in both stiffness and structural efficiency. The students faced fierce competition from universities and colleges including SUNY Buffalo, Clarkson, University of Quebec Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNYIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Cornell. SUNY Canton has won a remarkable 12 times in 14 years, according to ASCE Advisor Paul Hitchman, an Instructional Support Associate in the Civil Engineering Technology department.

“We’d certainly like to thank all of our sponsors,” Hitchman said. “We’ve received substantial funding from Jefford’s Steel, Haun Welding, and Hilti Tools.”

The students also received support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, and numerous individual alumni and friends from the extended community.

The ASCE Student Chapter at SUNY Canton also includes:

  • Frederick Bach of Clayton
  • Daniel Fredendall of Holley
  • Peter Martin of Canton
  • Milton Skinner of Lacona
  • Tyler Purdy of Stephentown
  • Patrick Norton of Edmeston
  • Robert LeFevre of Morrisonville
  • Travis Mourick of Norfolk
  • Austin Schwencke of Malone
  • Michael Deshay of Endicott
  • Mathew Mason of Gouverneur

The chapter is also advised by Dennis Tuper, an Instructional Support Associate in the Automotive Department.

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 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.