Canton, Madrid, Rensselaer Falls students members of SUNY Canton team that finishes seventh in National Steel Bridge Competition
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 2:43 pm

CANTON -- Students from Canton, Rensselaer Falls and Madrid were members of SUNY Canton’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Chapter finished a strong seventh at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Oregon State University.

“The competition was a great professional development and networking opportunity for the chapter members,” said Alex Sterling, a recent graduate of SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program and ASCE Chapter president. The event was May 26.

He and eight more members of the 25-student team made the trip to Oregon, including Daniel C. Gagnon, a Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Rensselaer Falls, and Civil and Environmental Engineering Technology majors Daniel Olin of Canton and Bromlen Steinburg of Madrid.

“The SUNY Canton team performed flawlessly and we could not have wished for a better outcome,” said Paul D. Hitchman, a faculty advisor for the ASCE Student Chapter. “Our team competed against 43 prestigious universities, including the best teams that the United States, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico had to offer. We are calling this experience a solid win.”

The students designed and built a scale model steel bridge that fit within a complex set of rules determined by the competition organizers. The bridge is then assembled rapidly on site, evaluated in six different categories and measured against the other college’s entries. SUNY Canton finished within the top 10 in all but one category.

In the previous regional competition, SUNY Canton took second place and was topped only by ETS, a public engineering school in Montreal, Quebec. ETS went on to win the national competition.

The team was assisted by Hitchman and Dennis E. Tuper, an instructional support associate in the Automotive Technology program. Numerous other faculty members in the Canino School of Engineering Technology are involved with the program. The SUNY Canton College Foundation helps pay for the students’ travel expenses.

Eric S. Tessmer, owner of Riverside Iron, LLC in Gouverneur and a graduate of the college’s Civil Engineering Technology program, donated the steel for this year’s bridge.