Engineering students earn high marks at competition
HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University students in the American Society of Civil Engineers recently competed at their first sanctioned competition following accreditation in 2011.
More than a dozen students went to Virginia Tech in late March to participate in the National Concrete Canoe and National Student Steel Bridge competitions.
Students designed and built built a 450-pound, 17-foot-long concrete canoe that had to float and be used in a 10-person paddling race. Project leader Tyler Spurlock said it was designed to float so well that it was too buoyant to paddle. But Marshall's team did get first place in the presentation and final products categories. Marshall was second overall.
Another group of students designed, fabricated and constructed a scaled-down steel bridge. They were judged on how fast they could put together the 23-feet-long bridge, which had pieces that could be no bigger than 3 feet. There were several categories, with Marshall being named the best for aesthetics.
Marshall also placed third in the t-shirt competition, first in concrete bowling and second in surveying.
The students who helped with the canoe included Spurlock, Bryan Bledsoe, Austin Cox, Cassie Drown, Carrisa Hansen, Cory Jenkins, Andrew Keffer, Michael Kennedy, Jonathan Lambert, Gabriel Lawrence, Jessica Meadows, Kyle Merritt, Danielle Nelson, Nathan O'Kane, Thomas Rice and Adam Weible.
The students who helped with the steel bridge included Bledsoe, Kristen Bobuk, Jese Vance, Phil Hatfield, David Sunt, Danielle Nelson, Matthew Shropshire, Zayyad Yukubu, Kevin Bollinger, Jim Fields and Jessica Meadows.
Also assisting were engineering professors Jeff Huffman and Shawn Long.