Universities in Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Canada to compete in civil engineering design and construction competitions in Duluth, Minn.
Regional competition winners advance to compete in the ASCE Civil Engineering Student Championships in June at University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Reston, Va. – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2023 Western Great Lakes Student Symposium was hosted by the University of Minnesota April 13 – April 15, 2023 in Duluth, MN. At the event, nearly 300 civil engineering students from 16 universities in Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Canada put their academic and project management knowledge to the test, participating in annual Society-wide competitions including the ASCE Concrete Canoe, the AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction)/ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition, the ASCE/UESI (Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute) Surveying Competition, and the ASCE Sustainable Solutions Competition – Envisioning a New Downtown. The Milwaukee School of Engineering team won the Concrete Canoe competition, ASCE’s flagship student event, where students compete to construct a canoe made entirely out concrete that is capable of floating and racing.
The University of Illinois at Chicago team will advance to the finals for the ASCE Sustainable Solutions Competition, where students are tasked with using sustainable practices to transform a fictional area into a gathering place for a community. The University of Minnesota, Duluth will be advancing in the AISC/ASCE Steel Bridge Competition, which requires students to develop a concept for a scale-model steel bridge spanning 20 feet and carrying at least 2,500 pounds. University of Wisconsin, Madison placed first in the ASCE UESI Surveying Competition, which asks students to use standard field and office equipment and procedures to solve common problems encountered in industry, including a topographic mapping project and determining the depths of a proposed sewer line at different locations.
These teams have qualified to compete at the Society-wide finals as part of the ASCE Civil Engineering Student Championships June 10-12 at University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Platteville, WI.
"The winners of the Western Great Lakes ASCE Student Symposia competitions have truly impressed us with their commitment to going the extra mile to stand out among their peers," said Maria Lehman, P.E., President of ASCE. "As they prepare to enter the workforce as civil engineers, their teamwork and critical thinking skills will prove invaluable. We wish them the very best as they continue on to the Society-wide competitions in June."
The first ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition was held in 1988, but the history of Concrete Canoe goes back to the 1960s, when a small number of ASCE Student Chapters began holding intramural concrete canoe races. The competition requires students to construct a seaworthy canoe made entirely of concrete. The competition challenges civil engineering students to apply the engineering principles learned in the classroom to a real-world task, while utilizing project management and team building skills. The Concrete Canoe program consists of both athletic and academic events, designed to test the knowledge, creativity and stamina of each team. The competition evaluates teams on design and construction, a technical proposal, an enhanced focus area, a formal business presentation, and five different races—men’s and women’s slalom races, men’s and women’s sprint races, and a co-ed sprint race.
The ASCE Civil Engineering Student Championships is organized by ASCE and hosted annually by a university student chapter, thanks in part to funds provided by the ASCE Foundation.
The following schools were represented at the ASCE Western Great Lakes Student Symposium:
- Bradley University
- Illinois Institute of Technology, Lakehead University
- Marquette University
- Milwaukee School of Engineering
- North Dakota State University
- Northwestern University
- Olivet Nazarene University
- University of Illinois at Chicago
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Minnesota Duluth
- University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- University of North Dakota
- University of St. Thomas
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville
About the American Society of Civil Engineers
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation's infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency. For more information, visit www.asce.org or www.infrastructurereportcard.org and follow us on Twitter, @ASCETweets and @ASCEGovRel.