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Citadel News Service
4 Mar 2014

Cement Canoes coming back to Charleston

American Society of Civil Engineers Conference, March 6-8, at The Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. −The Citadel's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is hosting the 2014 ASCE at The CitadelCarolinas Conference, March 6 – 8, on The Citadel campus and at James Island County Park. ASCE holds an annual regional conference that rotates from college to college. During the conference students network, learn and put their technical knowledge to the test during a series of competitions held throughout the three-day gathering. Civil engineering students and faculty from ten institutions in the region will participate, including:

• The Citadel

• Clemson University

• Duke University

• Georgia Institute of Technology

• Horry Georgetown Technical College

• North Carolina A&T University

• North Carolina State University

• University of North Carolina, Charlotte

• University of South Carolina

• Trident Technical College

One of the most popular contests is the Concrete Canoe Competition. ASCE student organizations around the nation have been involved in constructing and racing concrete canoes since the early 1970's. One of the objectives of the canoe competitions is to provide civil engineering students an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project management. It is also intended to help foster an understanding of civil engineering as a dynamic and innovative profession.

Several years ago, when the conference was held at The Citadel, the Lowcountry saw that cement boats can float. The public is again invited to watch the fun. The canoe competition will be held at James Island County Park from 8a.m.-3p.m. on Fri., March 7. A steel bridge building competition will take place on Sat., March 8, at The Citadel's McAllister Field House beginning at 8a.m.

Eighteen ASCE Student Conferences are held every spring, each hosted by an ASCE Student Organization belonging to the Student Conference.

Engineering courses have been taught at The Citadel since its founding in 1842.The Citadel's School of Engineering includes the following departments: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Leadership & Program Management and Mechanical Engineering.

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