UTEP Civil Engineers win Steel Bridge Competition – Best in Texas
January 26, 2011 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
UTEP Civil Engineering students won first place in the annual AISC-ASCE Steel Bridge Competition on Saturday, January 15 in Lubbock, Texas at Citibank Coliseum.
The annual competition, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction, invites ASCE student chapters to design and construct a steel bridge approximately 21 feet long, three feet tall, and three feet wide.
Competing against eleven other universities from Texas and Mexico, the UTEP team won First Place in the "Construction Speed", "Lightness" and "Economy" categories on their way to winning the First Place Overall award.
The top three teams in the Texas-Mexico region advance to the 2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition scheduled for May 20-21 at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
Competition Overall Results:
- The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
- The University of Texas at Austin
- La Salle - Cuernavaca, Mexico
- Autonomous Universidad de Mexico,/
- The University of Houston
- The University of Texas at San Antonio
- Texas Tech University
- Texas A&M University - Kingsville
- Texas A&M University - College Station
- Southern Methodist University
- La Salle - Mexico City, Mexico
- The University of Texas at Arlington
David Ledesma, co-captain, attributes the team's success to "great team work and confidence in each other's abilities." Sergio Mendez added "Everyone was working toward the same goal, competing at the highest level against other top civil engineering programs."
Shane Walker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor – Civil Engineering and ASCE Advisor, commended the team for working together since August to design, test and fabricate the winning entry. Professor Walker noted, "We know we have great Civil Engineering students, now the rest of Texas does too."
The UTEP Team lead by co-captains David Ledesma and Sergio Mendez, graduate students in Civil Engineering, is now preparing for the National Competition in May. The winning steel bridge is on display in the foyer of the College of Engineering Annex through February.