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Citadel News Service
1 May 2009

Engineering cadets bring home 5 Carolinas Conference trophies

Thirty students and three faculty members from The Citadel’s civil and environmental engineering department recently traveled to University of North Carolina-Charlotte to compete against 250 other students in the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Carolinas Conference.

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The Citadel’s teams brought home five trophies including a first place in surveying, first place in the environmental competition, first place in the mystery event, second place in construction management, and third place in quiz bowl.

The Carolinas Conference is an annual student engineering competition conference hosted by a different school each year. In addition to UNC-Charlotte, participating schools included The Citadel, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina A&T University, North Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina.

The ASCE Carolinas Conference gives students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the various disciplines of civil and environmental engineering through team-based and individual competitions. The different events include a concrete canoe competition, steel bridge competition, transportation engineering competition, and many other events that test the general knowledge of civil and environmental engineering as a whole.

“Our students showed at the Carolinas Conference why The Citadel’s department of civil and environmental engineering is ranked eighth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report” said Ed Hajduk, faculty advisor to the chapter. “This is the third year in a row in which they have won the environmental competition, and our students have won five out of the last six mystery events.”

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