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UMKC Hosts Successful Steel Bridge Competition

Photo courtesy of UMKC Today. 

More than 650 engineering students, guests, judges and faculty attended the National Student Steel Bridge Competition May 22-23 in Kansas City, hosted by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering.

“Overall, the 2015 competition was a great success in every category,” said Sean Michael, past president of the UMKC student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers Kansas City. “We set out to raise the bar for the competition and show off what UMKC and Kansas City has to offer. This year’s national competition was the most efficient and fastest in history, and we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about how beautiful downtown Kansas City is and how much fun the attendees had.”

The Student Steel Bridge Competition is an inter-collegiate challenge that tests the knowledge of civil engineering students as they design, fabricate and construct a steel bridge. The bridges had to follow specifications explained in the rule book. Teams that competed in Kansas City were eligible winners and runners-up from regional competitions. Next year’s competition will be hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The annual national competition is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction.

This year’s contest attracted 48 teams from throughout North America, and the University of Florida took home first place honors. Second place went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Third place went to École de Technologie Supérieure, Montreal, Quebec.


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Key words: Competitiveness, Engineering, KC Campus, Science, Teaching,
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