The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe team won the ASCE Mid-Atlantic Region Concrete Canoe championship held April 28 at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa. They will now advance to the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC), being held June 13-15 in Reno, Nevada. This is the team’s fourth consecutive national competition appearance and the fifth in the past six years.
The 39-member Pitt-Johnstown team competed against teams from the University of Maryland, Drexel University, Temple University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Delaware. 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.
This year’s canoe was named “MiraCoal” in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Quecreek mine rescue. The canoe featured the silhouette of a miner and his headlamp on the exterior along with the silhouette of nine miners against a sunrise on the interior of the canoe. The boat was 18.5’ long, a half an inch thick, and weighed approximately 240 pounds.
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 are awarded to the winning teams’ undergraduate civil engineering programs. Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, 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 the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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