The Fairmont State University American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter completed a grueling three days of competition at the ASCE’s 24th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition over the weekend of June 16 in Evansville, Ind.
Competing against schools such as the University of Oklahoma, the University of Akron and University of California, Berkeley, FSU’s ASCE Student Chapter finished with an overall rank of 13th in the nation. This year’s national championship was the eighth consecutive competition for FSU representing Region 4, which includes schools from West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee and Indiana.
At the competition, teams competed in four areas. FSU Team Captain Tabitha Neuhauser said the competition includes the concrete canoe races, a technical paper, canoe aesthetics and a five-minute presentation highlighting the technical paper.
FSU’s 2011 team beat several university records. The team finished ninth in the nation in the final product section, 10th in the nation in the design paper section and 11th in the nation on the oral presentation. For a complete list of results, visit http://www.asce.org/uploadedFiles/Student_Organizations/Events,_Activities,_and_Awards/Concrete_Canoe/2011%20NCCC%20Final%20Results.pdf.
The team was able to race its concrete canoe that was held together by duct tape after breaking in half at the regional championships in April.
The team of 16 Civil Engineering Technology students from the FSU ACSE Student Chapter spent the last academic year designing, building, documenting, racing and presenting its canoe in competition.