The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Club has brought home first place honors from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Canoe Competition held at Centennial Park in Maryland. The event was hosted by the University of Maryland.
The UPJ concrete canoe, named Drakkar after the Viking longships, competed against entries from Pennsylvania State University, the University of Maryland, Bucknell University, and the University of Delaware.
UPJ students participating in the event included Eric C. Blue; Derek Bosso; Dan Burns; Carolyn E. Detwiler; Lane Dumm; Jessie M. Letosky; Gerred Price; Caitlyn Thomas; Nicholas T. Gazzo, and Jonathan R. Yochimowitz. Many support personnel also attended the conference. Many of these students have been involved with the concrete canoe program for multiple years. They included Christopher J. Kelly; Brandon Kohler; David A. Leasure; Emily Babik; Nathan H. Adams; Adam Charles; J.D. Ferrante; Jacob Long; Mike Zerby; Allison Ziance; Troy Bodenschatz; Lee Thompson; Cody Stum, and Amanda Farabuagh.
The UPJ concrete canoe entry took first in every element of the competition, including aesthetics, report, presentation, t-shirt, and all five races. The team will now move on to the national competition being held Thursday, June 14 through Saturday, June 16, at the University of Washington, Seattle.
This is the first time that UPJ will compete in nationals. UPJ is only the third Club to make it to nationals, all others have been Chapters. Clubs are from Engineering Technology versus Engineering programs. UPJ is one of two teams; Mississippi State is the other, to make its debut in Seattle bringing the number of qualified schools over the past 20 years to 107.
The schools participating in the canoe competition will each complete the task of designing and building a floating piece of concrete. Many hours are spent on buoyancy calculations and testing different shapes and material mixtures for the canoe. Not only do the students build a canoe, but they also must design and build a display, write a report on their canoe, and give an oral presentation.
Other conference qualifiers include: California State Polytechnic University-Pomona; California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo; City College of New York; Ecole de Technologie Superieure; Fairmont State; University of Florida; University of Houston; University of Illinois-Champaign; University of Maine; Michigan Tech; Mississippi State University; University of Nevada, Reno; New Mexico State; North Carolina State; Ohio Northern; University of Oklahoma; University of Washington; Washington State University; Western Kentucky; University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Brian Houston, P.E., UPJ assistant professor of civil engineering technology, is the faculty advisor.
Founded in 1927 and celebrating 80 years, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.