University to Host ASCE Upstate New York Regional Student Conference
On April 20-22, Syracuse University will host the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Upstate New York Regional Student Conference. The event is a chance for civil engineering undergraduate students to participate in fun and challenging competitions, develop teamwork and leadership skills, and apply knowledge they have gained in the classroom.
The conference includes regional steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions, as well as a Mead technical paper presentation competition. Winners of the competitions will earn scholarship money for their institution’s undergraduate civil engineering program.
Participants from higher education institutions across New York state will be in attendance, including the University at Buffalo, Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Canton, SUNY Polytechnic and the U.S. Military Academy-West Point. Universities from Canada will also be in attendance, including the University of Waterloo, Ecole de technologie superieure and Polytechnique Montreal. Syracuse University will also host students from Dalian University in China, who have never attended an ASCE conference.
“Hosting this conference has been an exciting challenge,” says ASCE student president Josh Saxton ’17. “Coordinating with the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the University as a whole, has been an invaluable experience to the other co-chairs and myself. Having the conference at SU gives us an opportunity to showcase our engineering program and how far our ASCE section has grown over the past couple of years.”
Steel Bridge Competition, Carrier Dome and Link Hall Room 105
In this competition, teams build a 1:10 scale model bridge about 19 feet in length. Each team designs and fabricates their bridge beforehand and constructs it, piece by piece, in a timed setting at the competition. After the bridge is built, weight is applied to test it for deflection—the amount the structure moves when subjected to a load. Each bridge is judged on its efficiency, lightness, stiffness, construction speed, economy and display.
- Oral Presentations, Thursday, April 20, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Link Hall Room 105
- Judging, Friday, April 21, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Carrier Dome
- Competition, Friday, April 21, 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m., Carrier Dome
Concrete Canoe Competition, Jamesville Reservoir, Carrier Dome and Link Hall Room 105
Here, teams put canoes that are literally made with concrete to the test. Constructed over the course of the academic year, the canoes must withstand being “swamped” (i.e. filled with water) to see if they can resurface. Teams also face off in canoe races.
- Judging, Friday, April 21, 9 a.m. to noon, Carrier Dome
- Oral Presentations, Friday, April 21, 3 to 5 p.m., Link Hall Room 105
- Swamp Test, Saturday, April 22, 6 to 8 a.m., Jamesville Reservoir
- Races, Saturday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jamesville Reservoir
Mead Paper Presentation Competition, Link Hall Room 105
In technical paper and presentation, student teams will address the topic “Is it ethical for university engineering faculty to teach technical subject matter to engineering students without obtaining professional licensure?”
- Presentations, Friday, April 21, 6 to 10 p.m., Link Hall Room 105
ASCE is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. Founded in 1852, the Society was created to disseminate information among engineers who were building the roads, canals, bridges and railroads of a young nation.
The objective of ASCE is to enhance the welfare of mankind through the advancement of the science and profession of engineering. In response to these goals, more than 6,200 members voluntarily serve nearly 600 different technical, administrative and coordinating committees. Another 300 participate on 36 other professional committees. Including the activities of sections, student chapters and international student groups, as well as the national and local committees, ASCE groups average 100 meetings throughout the country every day.
Educational activities extend to college campuses through more than 300 student organizations. These organizations sponsor meetings, educational outreach, conferences, student competitions, social events and other activities to help future engineers become better prepared for their careers. Numerous scholarships and awards are made available for deserving students of civil engineering.
For more information, visit www.asce.org/.