Engineering students compete in Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe challenges at the 2017 ASCE Regional Conference in Syracuse

 The steel bridge competition in the Carrier Dome

April 24, 2017

Syracuse University hosted the 2017 Upstate New York Regional American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Conference from April 20th to 22nd. Students from Syracuse University, SUNY Polytech, Clarkson, University of Buffalo, RIT, RPI, Cornell, SUNY Canton, The United States Military Academy at West Point and Hudson Valley Community College attended along with three schools from Canada, École Polytechnique de Montréal, École de Technologie Supérieure and University of Waterloo.

Student teams competed in the Steel Bridge Competition, where they design a bridge and build it in the Carrier Dome under conditions set to mimic a river crossing.


Some schools also competed in Concrete Canoe races. Students had to design and build a canoe that will float but all flotation material must be encased in concrete.

Concrete Canoe races were held at Jamesville Beach where a large crowd cheered on all of the teams.


École de Technologie Supérieure took first place in the Concrete Canoe standings. École Polytechnique de Montréaltook second place and the United States Military Academy at West Point finished third.

École de Technologie Supérieure won first place in the overall weekend long competition. The University of Buffalo finished in second place and the United States Military Academy at West Point took third place.

Syracuse University students Rachel Murello ’18 and Will Guida ’18 served as co-chairs for the conference. Joshua Saxton ’17 is the ASCE Syracuse Chapter Student President and Professor Hossein Ataei is their faculty advisor.

The regional conference sponsors for the student competitions were O’Brien and Gere (Platinum Sponsorship) as well as the Silver Sponsors: Bergmann Associates, Barton and Loguidice, Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, Whiting–Turner. The organizers are grateful to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) for their support, backing and guidance. The SU team is also grateful to Raulli Ironworks of Syracuse for their generous support and help to the SU Steel Bridge Team.