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Steel Bridge Team members posing with bridge at competition in Las Vegas, NV.

WSU Students Succeed at National Steel Bridge Competition

A group of Washington State University students took sixth place in the nation and first place among Northwest competitors in the annual National Steel Bridge competition. The competition took place May 22 and 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A total of 47 teams from throughout the U.S. and Canada participated in the competition, which is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). In order to qualify for the national competition, teams had to place in the top three of regional competitions held earlier this year.

The student-designed bridges are scored and ranked based on how well their bridge is built, including how light and stiff it is, as well as on its ‘economy’ – or the speed in which it can be built with the least amount of workers. The WSU team was ranked 11th in bridge economy. With the fifth lightest bridge and the fifth best bridge in terms of stiffness, the group took 3rd place in the category of ‘bridge efficiency.’

“These competitions prepare our students well for their future careers by asking them to use teamwork to solve real-world problems under sometimes stressful deadlines and conditions,” says David McLean, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Congratulations to our WSU team who performed so well among so many talented competitors.”

Student members who participated included: Brian Walkenhauer, Marcus Miller, Zach Adams,Ryan Edwards, Alex Osborne, Chad Drake, and Daniel Shin