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Concrete Canoe Team to be Featured on Local TV Series

Concrete Canoe Team to be Featured on Local TV Series

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The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s concrete canoe team, led by Brian Houston, associate professor of civil engineering technology, will be featured on Kaleidoscope The Series, a weekly good news series featuring people, places, and things in the west-central Pennsylvania area. The episode will air Sunday, January 26 at 6 p.m. on WATM ABC23 and will be available on Tuesday, January 28 at

Tune in to learn how Pitt-Johnstown students are provided with a unique real-world experience – an opportunity for the practical application of engineering principles learned in the classroom. During the interview with Kaleidoscope, Houston said, “At Pitt-Johnstown we get to do what other people learn about… [The concrete canoe team] doesn’t just learn formulas in books; they’re doing down-in-the-dirt engineering.”

This year, Pitt-Johnstown is preparing to host this year’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC). Schools nationwide will travel to the area to participate in the competition to be held from June 19 to 21 at the Quemahoning Reservoir.

For six of the last seven years, members of the Pitt-Johnstown chapter of the ASCE advanced to the NCCC. Last year, the Pitt-Johnstown concrete canoe team placed ninth out of 23 at the competition held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The NCCC helps students to develop important team and project management skills, which they will need for their careers in the real world. More information can be found at

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 is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional services. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Posted by Natalie Bombatch on 1/24/2014 4:00:00 PM