Steel Bridge Team to compete at Nationals May 27-28

The Senior Design Steel Bridge team will compete in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 27-28 at Brigham Young University. This is the second time in the past four years that a Mines team will go to nationals.

“This competition serves as a way to show other universities across the nation what going to Mines means, both in our engineering abilities and personal conduct as Orediggers,” said civil engineering student Ryan Lanham. “Our entire design involves male and female connections, so that they slide together quickly during the construction portion of the competition. This team also has a fantastic dynamic which is a huge reason as to why we have done so well.”

During E-Days weekend, the team placed second at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Regional Student Conference April 1-3 at the University of Colorado in Denver. At the competition, students designed and constructed a steel bridge and paddled a concrete canoe. The team received special recognition in several categories: first place for Efficiency, first for Stiffness, third for Construction Speed and third in Construction Economy.

2016 Blue Steel Team

  • Shae Quigley
  • Ben Bymaster
  • Ryan Lanham
  • Jacob Ost
  • Chad George
  • Heather Barnes
  • Katlyn Gresty
  • Jordan Hasz

Mines students who competed at regionals were either ASCE members or EPICS II sophomores who chose a civil engineering specialty in their course.



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