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MU engineering students seek support to attend competition

May. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Several Marshall University engineering students are seeking financial support so they can participate in a national competition at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The students are part of the student chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers and placed second recently at the Virginias Conference for their steel bridge design.

The team was required to conceptualize, design, fabricate and construct a model steel bridge, said captain Carissa Hansen. She said only the top three are invited to nationals, a big accomplishment for only the second year of competing.

The team includes co-captain Jessica Meadows, David Cooper, Jonathan Lambert, Cassie Drown, Marcus Greene, Zayyad Yakubu, Eli McWhorter and Isaac Picklesimer.

They must raise $12,000 by the registration deadline of Monday, May 6. The national competition is May 31 and June 1.

Those who would like to donate to the cause can mail checks to Marshall University/ASCE Student Chapter (with Steel Bridge Team in the memo section), attn: Brittney Emerson, Weisberg Division of Engineering, Marshall University, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, West Virginia 25755.

Students who took part in the Virginias Conference also placed first in the T-shirt design competition and second in the recycled mini golf. They also placed first in the MARR technical paper, which is a 12-age research report. Senior Gerald Rowe wrote about a junior-level hydrology project where the class worked with the Huntington Sanitary Board to determine if downspout disconnection would alleviate flooding in a residental neighborhood near Southside Elementary School.