The University of Michigan Steel Bridge Team (SBT) participated in the 2017 ASCE North Central Regional Competition this past weekend (April 6-8) at Lawrence Technological University. The event brings schools from Michigan and northern Ohio together to compete with their 1:10 scale steel bridges designed to meet specific challenges set by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). Students must design, fabricate and construct their bridge, mimicking the phases of industry and applying knowledge and skills acquired during coursework. The competition is the culmination of a nearly year-long process at which the team’s bridge must be assembled, loaded and scored on stiffness, lightness and construction speed.
This year the U-M team finished second in the competition behind Michigan Technological University. U-M placed first in aesthetics, second in weight and second in structural efficiency, performing well enough to qualify for the national competition to be held in May at Oregon State University.
Members of the UM SBT include students primarily from CEE but also a few from mechanical engineering, industrial and operations engineering and biomedical engineering. They are: Kate Arnson (Co-captain), Taylor Moon (Co-captain), Chris Kuenzer, Gwen Hubbard, Isaya Miyata, Ari Baranian, Jared Millman, Leah Dixon, Michael Stypa, Kevin Powers, Daniel Ridderbos, Brianna Andress, Craig Tacey, Geoffrey Gabala, Bailey Lopez, Nicholas Riesterer, Liam Gibson, Tyler Kemerer, Lea Russo, Beatrice Thaman, Jack Claucherty, and Alex Berka. The team is advised by Associate Professor Jason McCormick.
Photo by Kate Arnson