Engineering Students Prepare for Concrete Canoe Competition


Engineering Students Prepare for Concrete Canoe Competition


What: Engineering students to build a concrete canoe and practice rowing

Canoe Building - 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 15
Rowing Practice - 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17

Canoe Building - UTEP Facilities Greenhouse off Sun Bowl Drive
Rowing Practice - Ascarate Park Lake

In preparation for the Concrete Canoe Competition on March 22-23 in Corpus Christi, Texas, UTEP civil engineering students will put the final touches on Kraken, a 20-foot long concrete canoe they have been building.

The team also will practice rowing for sprint, endurance and co-ed races.

Hosted by the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the competition challenges university students to apply engineering concepts learned in class to real world situations. Teams will be judged in four categories: aesthetics, technical writing, oral presentation, and ultimately, racing in the Corpus Christi Bay.

So far, UTEP students have received material donations and advice from local companies Cemex and Jobe Materials, but still are in need of more funds for the trip.

"This year is the centennial of the ASCE Texas edition, so they're going to be holding a special conference and workshops," said Barbara Aguilera, senior civil engineering major and captain of the team. "It's a really big deal and a great opportunity for students, so we all want to go and participate. The only problem is we're looking at a longer hotel stay."

Those interested in helping the team should contact Aguilera directly at

"We've invested a lot of time in this and have been working since last summer," Aguilera said. "We're hoping to place, but even if we don't, it's been a fun project to work on."