Concrete Canoe Competition
ANDREA ACOSTA | March 18, 2013
Gabriel Villanueva, Elsa Rodriguez, Jorge Velarde and Barbara Aguilera.
The Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso will be participating on the annual Concrete Canoe Competition taking place on March 22-23 in Corpus Christi, hosted by the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Teams will not only be judged in their aesthetics, technical, writing and oral presentation performance, but will also be challenged to apply engineering concepts learned in class to real world situations.
According to Barbara Aguilera, senior civil engineer major and captain of the team, getting ready for the competition has not only tested their planning and organization skills but it also has challenged their knowledge by having a hands-on experience.
"We are very excited to be competing," Aguilera said. "Our goal is to bring in first place, we have been working really hard and have put a lot of effort into this competition."
Gaining knowledge on concrete, Aguilera said that she has enjoyed every moment of it, especially practicing her leadership skills and working as a team.
"Although captain of the team, I also consider myself to be part of the team since I personally think that it should include the involvement from everyone, and so far it has," Aguilera said. "It has been a very gratifying experience, especially getting the satisfaction, that as group effort, we were able to design and build something that works and is ready to race."
The a 20-foot long concrete canoe, Kraken, in which students have worked on since last summer, will then be racing for a place in the Corpus Chrisi Bay on Saturday, March 23.
For more information on the schedule of events: http://www.cvent.com/events/2013-texas-section-spring-conference-and-centennial-celebration/agenda-49a1b0612c7d406a9c816b154fbb53bd.aspx.