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Citadel News Service
12 Jul 2010

Engineering students go to the nationals

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Citadel team members Kevin Basili, Gordon Muldrow, Michael McLean (team captain), Joseph Fredendall, OC Michael Davis, and Aaron Lee (team captain), shown during the bridge display portion of the national competition held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Citadel Civil Engineering students competed in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2010 National Student Steel Bridge Competition hosted by Purdue University over Memorial Day weekend.  The 19th annual intercollegiate event was a competition to design and construct a 21-foot long bridge supporting a 2,500-pound test load. 

Some 800 civil engineering students, representing 46 colleges and universities, participated in the national competition and qualified for the event from a field of 192 teams from the United States and Canada. 

The Citadel’s bridge was composed of 94 structural steel members and took five students 40 minutes to assemble under stringent construction rule conditions while a sixth student served as a construction manager.  The Citadel placed 34th in display, 35th in stiffness and 38th in efficiency. 

“The students did a tremendous job representing The Citadel at the national competition, demonstrated great teamwork embodying the highest leadership principles of our institution, and obtained a wealth of engineering knowledge that will be beneficial to future steel bridge teams,” said Lt. Col. William J. Davis, Citadel ASCE student chapter advisor.

The event marked the second time The Citadel has participated in the National Steel Bridge Competition.  Citadel students participated in 1999 when the competition was hosted by University of Alaska-Anchorage.

“After countless hours to design and fabricate our bridge, it was immensely rewarding to represent our department and our school in such an esteemed national competition.  The fact we were able to be competitive with the nation’s marquee engineering schools speaks volumes about the quality of education at The Citadel,” said Gordon Muldrow, a Citadel Graduate College student. 

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