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Concrete Canoe Team Advances to National Competition

Concrete Canoe Team Advances to National Competition

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     The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe team achieved their third consecutive regional championship at the ASCE Mid-Atlantic Region Concrete Canoe competition held April 15 at Drexel University.  The team placed first in each category aside from the racing portion, in which they finished a close second.  They will now advance, for the fourth time in five years, to the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC), being held June 16-18 in Evansville, Ind.

     The Pitt-Johnstown team competed against teams from Drexel, Temple, and Maryland Universities as well as the United States Naval Academy.  Competitors are evaluated based on: 1) the engineering design and construction principles used in the creation of the canoe, 2) a technical design report that details the design, testing and construction of the canoe, 3) a formal presentation on the canoe’s design and construction, and 4) the performance of the canoe in the race portion of the competition.

     Throughout the 2010-2011 academic year, Pitt-Johnstown students invested approximately 2,800 hours in producing their thinnest canoe to date.  This year’s canoe, named “Infamy,” pays tribute to the men and women who tragically perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago.  The name was taken from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s epic speech following the tragedy.  The canoe was aesthetically detailed to represent a fighter plane from this era.  “This year’s canoe, Infamy, achieved just that, bringing the Mid-Regional Championship back to Pitt-Johnstown for the fourth time in five years,” commented students.

     The NCCC provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles learned in the classroom.  The program also helps students to develop important team and project management skills, which they will need for their careers in the real world.

     The winners of the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition are determined by compiling the team’s total number of points from the academic and race portions of the competition.  Academic scholarships totaling $9,000 are awarded to the winning teams’ undergraduate civil engineering programs.

     Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh.  The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.  Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College,” by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.”  Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 5/6/2011 4:15:00 PM