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Release: March 21, 2001

UI engineering students qualify for national bridge-building contest

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- (Student name) of (hometown), a University of Iowa College of Engineering student, will participate in the 2001 edition of the National Steel Bridge Competition May 25-26 at Clemson University, South Carolina.

This is the fifth consecutive year the UI student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has qualified for the national contest. This year's invitation came by way of a third-place finish at the ASCE Midwest Regional Conference on March 2-3 at the University of Iowa. The UI ASCE bridge-building team included chair Josh Shippy and construction team members Jack Burnham, Nate Carhoff, Viviana Lit, James Mitchell, Kerry Romack, Tim Rudzianski and Mark Scannell. Allen Bradley, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, serves as faculty advisor for the ASCE student chapter.

The competition calls for teams to design and construct a 22-foot-long steel bridge as light as possible, yet able to support a load of 2,500 pounds with minimal deflection. The bridges are judged in such categories as 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.

EDITOR: Students are listed alphabetically by hometown.


DUBUQUE: Mark Scannell, Josh Shippy.

IOWA CITY: Kerry Romack, Tim Rudzianski, Viviana Lit.

LOCKRIDGE: Jack Burnham.

SPERRY: Nate Carhoff.


TINLEY PARK: James Mitchell.