Arizona State University students on a Concrete Canoe team give an airborne display of enthusiasm during recent American Society of Civil Engineers student competitions in California.
Teams from Arizona State University’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE-ASU) recently equaled the organization’s best overall performance ever in the ASCE’s Pacific Southwest Conference competition (PSWC) for college students.
Seventy ASCE-ASU members participated in the event that took place March 30 through April 2 at California State University, Long Beach.
ASU’s squad finished in fifth place overall among teams from 18 universities in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii — jumping from 15th place overall in last year’s competition to match the ASCE-ASU chapter’s highest-ever finish in 2012.
In the concrete canoe competition, ASU ‘s team took third place in each of three categories that encompassed performance in an oral presentation about their project, the performance of the canoe in a series of races, the structural stability and aesthetics of the watercraft, and the team’s overall cumulative score from all aspects of the canoe competition.
In the steel bridge competition, the ASU team took fifth place overall. The ranking is based on an accumulation of points from aggregate deflection, construction speed, efficiency and economy.
Other ASCE-ASU teams also performed successfully in various parts of the competition. The surveying team placed fourth and the Transportation team placed fifth.
The concrete canoe and steel bridge teams had been preparing for the PSWC event since last summer, while other teams worked for several months prior to the event, said civil engineering student Wesley Scatena, who was elected chapter president just before the start of spring semester.
“This success was a product of the hard work and determination of many students,” Scatena said. “Our chapter should be able to build on this year’s performance as a stepping stone for next year and make progress toward becoming a major regional force in the competition.”