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Citadel News Service
18 Apr 2007

Civil engineering cadets bring home ASCE championship

By Matthew Butsick


Citadel civil engineering cadets came in second in the concrete canoe competition at the 2007 ASCE Carolinas Conference.

More than 300 civil engineering students from nine colleges and universities in Georgia and the Carolinas descended upon the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta last weekend to participate in a 10-event regional competition as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2007 Carolinas Conference. 

Competing against students from Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Tech, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina State, Trident Technical College, University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of South Carolina, The Citadel won the conference championship and brought home several awards, including the 2007 Spirit Award.

The Citadel has consistently been a top contender in this three-day competition.  This year marked the second time that the college has taken first place in the conference—the first being in 1999. 

“The conference engages students in a way different from the classroom and provides an opportunity to compare their abilities with other leading institutions in the area,” said Capt. Kevin Bower, assistant professor of engineering and faculty advisor to the students.

Cadets demonstrated academic versatility in a wide range of civil engineering disciplines, placing second in the concrete canoe competition, fourth in the steel bridge competition, second in the mead paper presentation, second in the environmental challenge, second in surveying, and first and second in sophomore and freshmen events.  

“Although I am proud of the results of the competition, I am even more proud of the sportsmanship, professionalism, and effort as well as the hard work before and during the conference demonstrated by Citadel students,” said Col. Dennis Fallon, dean of the School of Engineering


Although the competition has ended and the first floor labs are now unusually quiet, cadets are already devising a plan for next year’s conference which will be hosted by students at North Carolina A&T.


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