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.
“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.