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University of Nevada, Reno Wins National Concrete Canoe Competition


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Johnstown, Pa. – The University of Nevada, Reno earned “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering” today at the 27th annual American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC). After three days of competition against 22 other teams, the University of Nevada, Reno team and its canoe, Alluvium, came out on top.

Over the course of the school year, 207 teams of civil engineering students logged thousands of hours researching, designing and constructing their unique concrete canoes in a quest for the winning combination of creativity, knowledge and teamwork to advance to the national competition, which took place at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, June 19-21.

“It’s been a privilege for me to be a part of Concrete Canoe for the second consecutive year,” said Randall (Randy) S. Over, P.E., F.ASCE, president of ASCE. “Witnessing the hard work, skill, ingenuity and tremendous collaboration of these civil engineering students over the past three days has been inspiring and should assure us all that the future of our profession is in great hands. Not even a second year of unrelenting rain could dampen their enthusiasm and teamwork. I’d like to thank the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for all of their hard work hosting the National Concrete Canoe Competition that helped to make this event such a success.”

The competition consists of both academic and athletic events, and the scores are divided into four components which are each worth 25 percent of the team’s final score. Students write a technical paper detailing the design and construction of their canoe and then give oral presentations about their year-long project. They are also judged on their final product, the canoe, and their accompanying display, which further explains their design process. Finally, they put their canoe to the test in a series of five race events—men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races.

The winning team receives a $5,000 scholarship and a trophy. Second place team receives a $2,500 scholarship and a trophy, and the third place team receives a $1,500 scholarship and a trophy.

The complete 2014 ranking is as follows:

Rank – School (Canoe name)
University of Nevada, Reno (Alluvium)
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Ambrosia)
Universite Laval (Maximus)
Utah State University (Promontory)
University of Wisconsin - Madison (Laurentide)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Gidget)
Clemson University (Tailgating)
Michigan Technological University (Katsuo Maru)
University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (Galeon)
Drexel University (Drage)
University of Akron (Cassin)
University of Florida (AcceleGator)
New Mexico State University (Protogenoi)
Tongji University (Operace)
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Essayons)
University of Wisconsin – Platteville (Crossroad)
Louisiana Tech University (Dawg’s Day)
University of Washington (The Lady)
Fairmont State University (Gray Ghost)
University of Kansas (Ad Astra)
Cornell University (Ursa Major)
Texas A&M University (Horton)
City College of New York (Goethals)

The National Concrete Canoe Competition is organized by ASCE with generous support from: American Concrete Institute, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., GEICO, and the ASCE Foundation. For more information on the National Concrete Canoe Competition including downloadable, high-resolution photos, visit

The National Concrete Canoe Competition is a program of the American Society of Civil Engineers and hosted annually by a university student chapter, thanks in part to funds provided by the ASCE Foundation. Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.