Seen and heard on campus
It's known as the America's Cup of civil engineering! Each year 6,000 civil engineering students on nearly 500 teams compete in the National Concrete Canoe Competition to demonstrate their knowledge, skill, creativity and athletic stamina in the race that earns them bragging rights as the best "paddlers" in the nation. This year ASCE celebrated 25 years of competition at the national race at the University of Nevado in Reno, Jun 14 - 16. The first place winner was California State Polytechnic University, from San Luis Obispo.
Did we say "concrete " canoe? Yes, it really does float! The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' design knowhow while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.
Teams qualify for the NCCC by placing first in one of the 18 conference competitions held throughout the United States during the spring. Teams placing second in a conference competition behind a university that finished in the top five at the previous year's national competition are also invited. To be eligible to compete the entrant school must be a recognized ASCE Student Chapter or ASCE International Student Group.
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 totaling $9,000 are awarded to the winning teams' undergraduate civil engineering program.