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Release: May 14, 1999

UI engineering students to participate in national bridge-building contest

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will participate in the 1999 National Steel Bridge Competition May 28-30 in Anchorage, Alaska.

Earlier this year, the team qualified for the national competition by placing second at the ASCE Midwest Regional Conference held at Iowa State University in Ames. The UI ASCE bridge building team includes: Todd Barrett, of Shelby; Dan Bell, of Lisbon; Mark Graeser, of Waverly; and Jason Smith, of Clinton. Colby Swan, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, assisted the students with the project.

The competition calls for teams to design and construct an 18-foot-long steel bridge as light as possible and yet able to support a load of 2,500 pounds with minimal deflection. The UI bridge weighs about 110 pounds. The bridges are judged in a variety of categories, including weight, aesthetics, construction time and lateral and vertical deflection.

The UI team is supported by contributions from private industry, the College of Engineering, and the University of Iowa Student Government.