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Citadel News Service
11 Apr 2013

CE students win Carolinas Conference

For a college with only 2,200 students, The Citadel has made an impressive mark in engineering education.   The 2012 winners of the national American Society of Civil Engineers Robert Ridgway Award for the most outstanding student chapter just brought home overall first place in the annual ASCE Carolinas Conference.

“Our students work hard every day to complete a grueling engineering workload to be able to graduate in four years, and yet somehow they are able to find additional time to design and build canoes and steel bridges to compete in two of the many events that are part of the Carolina's conference—exceptional!”  said Dean of the School of Engineering Ron Welch.  “To win the Carolina's conference—incredible! The results stand on their own—producing principled engineering leaders since 1842!”

asce_concrete_canoe_eApproximately 300 students from 10 colleges and universities across the Carolinas and Georgia attended the April 4-6 competition which was held this year at the University of South Carolina.  The 45-member Citadel team included cadets, active duty and evening students.  Students demonstrated great teamwork and academic versatility in a wide range of civil and engineering disciplines, including the flagship competitions—the concrete canoe and the steel bridge. 

Following are The Citadel’s results in this year’s competition:

Tug of War
Mead Paper
Quiz Bowl
Concrete Canoe Design Paper
Concrete Canoe Oral Presentation
Concrete Canoe Final Product
Concrete Canoe Overall
Steel Bridge Display
Steel Bridge Stiffness
Steel Bridge Efficiency

1st place men’s
3rd place
1st place
1st place
3rd place
1st place
1st place
2nd place
2nd place
2nd place
1st place
3rd place


“The students were enthusiastic about participating in this year’s conference," said Ken Brannan, Head of the Department of Civil and Electrical Engineering.  "The results are a tribute to the dedication of the students and faculty advisors."

The year marks the fourth time The Citadel has placed first overall in the Carolinas Conference.


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