On May 25 and 26, Lakehead competed at the prestigious 2012 National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) as the reigning 2011 champions. This year's inter-collegiate challenge required civil engineering students from 47 American and three Canadian universities, as well as a Chinese and Mexican university to design and construct a steel bridge.Of the five teams invited to participate from outside the United States, our engineers finished first among all international entrants.
Lakehead students pose in the Carolina sunshine with their entry at the NSSBC at Clemson U (L-R: Dr. Tony Gillies, Raquel Almeida, Xaver Kargl, Peter Luckai, Brian Glavish, Tim Klassen, Norman Fong, Conrad Hagstrom)
Overall, Lakehead placed 11th in the field of 52 teams, with 2nd and 4th place results in this rigorous competition's "˜Lightness' and "˜Efficiency' categories, respectively.
"The team had one of the top engineered bridges at the competition, as evidenced by their fourth place ranking in structural efficiency," said Dr. Tony Gillies, faculty advisor to the Lakehead team. "They just could not build the bridge fast enough. Each year the competition gets more intense as designs get more refined."
At the end of the two day event, engineers from U of California, Berkeley would capture the NSSBC 2012 crown, repatriating the title from Thunder Bay to Berkeley.
Peter Luckai and Brian Glavish apply the load test of 2500 lbs. to their bridge
Lakehead's engineering team would like to express their appreciation to the many sponsors who supported their participation at the Regional and National Competitions.
Our team members included
Raquel Almeida, Norman Fong, Brian Glavish, Xaver Kargl, Timothy Klassen and
Peter Luckai, with faculty advisor, Dr. Tony Gillies and Civil Engineering
Technologist, Conrad Hagstrom.
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