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Marshall students gain experience in national competition

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Twelve Marshall University engineering students traveled to Seattle, Wash., in June for the student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers bridge competition.

The team had to conceptualize, design, fabricate and construct a model steel bridge, then put it together fast and be able to hold 1,500 pounds.

The team finished 41st out of 49, but captain and recent graduate Carissa Hansen said it was the experience that meant most. This was only the second year Marshall's program was able to participate and earned a spot in the national event by placing second in their region at the Virginias Conference.

"We did fairly well, but the competition was tight," Hansen said. "What we got most is for next year's team. They will be amazing."

Hansen said the trip was only possible because of a number donors who helped them raise the $12,000 it cost to get the team and the bridge to Seattle. That included Engines, Inc., Huntington Steel, Rahall Transportation Institute, SAME, Service Pump and Supply, Allied Reality, Nalop Realty, Jacobs, West Virginia Department of Highways, Toyota, Michael Baker Jr., Enginners Club of Huntington, AISC, CAS Structural and Triad Engineering.

The students who traveled included Marcus Greene, Cassie Drown, Nathan O'Kane, Jonathan Lambert, David Cooper, Michael Kennedy, Austin Cox, Isaac Picklesimer, Jessica Meadows, Zayaad Yakubu and Gerald Rowe.