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Citadel News Service
9 Apr 2008

Citadel ASCE student chapter wins at Carolinas Conference

Two teams from The Citadel's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter competed and placed in the 2008 Carolinas Conference, which was held at North Carolina A&T University March 27-29, 2008.

The Carolinas Conference is an annual ASCE student competition where student chapters at The Citadel, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College, Duke University, North Carolina A&T, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte compete in a variety of civil engineering events.

“The student performance at the Carolinas Conference has shown once again that they can effectively apply the knowledge and leadership skills they learn at The Citadel and in their civil and environmental engineering classes,” said Edward Hajduk, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “I am proud to be their faculty advisor.”

The Citadel’s environmental engineering team, which consisted of Citadel Graduate College student Stephanie van der Horst and cadets Elizabeth Penn-Sanders and Veronica Barredo won first place in their event.

For the environmental event, the students developed a proposal to upgrade the Padgett-Thomas Barracks – one of five campus housing facilities - to reduce water use by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures, reusing rain water, and recycling water by installing pervious pavement. The key to the proposal was educating students on responsible water use. The team’s mock plan reduced water consumption by 2.4 million gallons, which translates into an annual savings of $34,000. The total cost of the upgrade was $25,000, yielding a first year savings of $9,000.

CGC’s van der Horst also participated in the Mead Paper competition, where she placed third. The Mead Paper topic was “Ethical Issues Surrounding Infrastructure Privatization.”

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