SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Continues Regional Dominance

The SUNY Canton American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction (ASCE/AISC) Steel Bridge Team took first place in the Upstate New York regional competition on Saturday.

Bridge Team

REGIONAL CHAMPS - SUNY Canton students Will Stacey of Massena and Fred Bach of Clayton practice assembling the bridge.

The overall order of finish among the 10 competing teams was as follows: SUNY Canton, The University of Quebec Ecole de Technologie Superieure in Montreal, Clarkson University, Hudson Valley Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNYIT, Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bridge Team

FINISHING TOUCHES - Jeremiah Hazelton, a Civil Engineering Technology student from Norfolk paints the SUNY Canton Steel Bridge in preparation for the regional competition.

The college’s student team has won the annual regional competition a remarkable 11 times in 14 years. The team will now continue preparing for the 2007 National Student Steel Bridge Competition scheduled for May 25-26 at California State University, Northridge.

This year, a student from the team was required to write a paper for the competition on “Eminent Domain and the Engineer’s Ethical Responsibilities” Zach Wojciechowski of Webster deserves credit for an admirable presentation to a panel of judges consisting of civil engineers and a standing room only classroom full of faculty advisors, instructors, and upperclassmen.

This year’s competition was based on replacing a century-old bridge that spans a river to locations that serve as the economic base for a rural region, according to ASCE/AISC rules and regulations. A quick replacement is necessary because no other crossing is available for miles.

The SUNY Canton Student Bridge team is comprised of Paul Robbins of Ticonderoga, Matt Turner of Oswego, Jeremiah Hazelton of Norfolk, Craig Robert of Russell, William Walldroff of Lafargeville, Mike DeShay of Endicott, Wojciechowski, Austin Schwencke of Malone, Beynan Ransom of Rooseveltown, William Billings of Potsdam, Mike Gebler of Orchard Park, William Stacey of Massena, Fred Bach of Clayton, Norm Gagnon of Potsdam, Mike Warren of Brier Hill. The team is advised by Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Instructor Bob Blickwedehl, Automotive Instructional Support Associate Dennis Tuper, and Civil and Construction Engineering Technology Instructional Support Associate Paul Hitchman.

The team now begins the difficult task of raising the necessary funding to pay for travel to the national competition. The SUNY Canton Bridge Team is primarily sponsored by Jeffords Steel and Engineering Company of Potsdam. The Team has also received support from the SUNY Canton Foundation, and numerous individual alumni and friends from the extended community.