ASCE Student Chapter Wins 10th Regional Concrete Canoe Title

Monday, April 08, 2013

Fairmont State University’s American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter continues its tradition of excellence and for the 10th consecutive year will represent the region at the National Concrete Canoe Competition.

FSU’s ASCE Student Chapter won first place in the Concrete Canoe Competition over the weekend at the 2013 Virginias Conference, hosted by Howard University in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.

This year’s team is led by Captain Brandon Bartlett, who is also ASCE Student Chapter president. Team members participating in the weekend competition were Ashley Marinaro, Daniel Martinez, Chance Graff, Cameron Nuzum, Michelle Brown, Max Sobus, Phillip Raines, Jaron Hollida, Kyle Cody, Chris Baker and Thomas Moss. Others assisting were Cuong Nugyen, Keith Axton, Chase Rogers and Reisen Speers. Tia Como, P.E., serves as ASCE faculty advisor.

The conference brings together 14 schools from West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and provides students a chance to gain valuable hands-on experience by competing in many engineering-related competitions. FSU won first place overall and won first place in the concrete canoe races, first place in the paper category, first place in the product category and third place in the presentation category.

The students must follow strict rules that dictate the contents of the concrete matrix in building the canoe and, of course, the vessel must float, to be eligible to compete in the races. Fairmont State won the first of its regional titles in 2004.

As part of the build up to the national competition the team will be hosting a Decade Celebration benefit dinner on Friday, May 3, at Westchester Village in Fairmont. To purchase tickets or for more information about the dinner, contact Como at (304) 367-4629 or e-mail her at

The 26th Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition will be June 20-22, 2013, at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. FSU remains the only university in the state to be invited to compete at the national level.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 137,500 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life.