Citadel engineering students win regional competition

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Engineering students at The Citadel recently brought home first place in the annual ASCE Carolinas Conference.

"Our students work hard every day to complete a grueling engineering workload to be able to graduate in four years, and yet somehow they are able to find additional time to design and build canoes and steel bridges to compete in two of the many events that are part of the Carolina's conference — exceptional!" said Dean of the School of Engineering Ron Welch.

"To win the Carolina's conference — incredible! The results stand on their own—producing principled engineering leaders since 1842!"

Approximately 300 students from 10 colleges and universities across the Carolinas and Georgia attended the competition which was held at the University of South Carolina April 4-6.

The 45-member Citadel team included cadets, active duty and evening students. Students demonstrated great teamwork and academic versatility in a wide range of civil and engineering disciplines, including the flagship competitions—the concrete canoe and the steel bridge.

Following are The Citadel's results in this year's competition:

  • Tug of War - 1st
  • Environmental - 3rd
  • Mead Paper - 1st
  • Transportation - 1st
  • Quiz Bowl - 3rd
  • Concrete Canoe Design Paper - 1st
  • Concrete Canoe Oral Presentation - 1st
  • Concrete Canoe Final Product - 2nd
  • Concrete Canoe Overall - 2nd
  • Steel Bridge Display - 2nd
  • Steel Bridge Stiffness - 1st
  • Steel Bridge Efficiency - 3rd

"The students were enthusiastic about participating in this year's conference," said Ken Brannan, Head of the Department of Civil and Electrical Engineering. "The results are a tribute to the dedication of the students and faculty advisors."

The year marks the fourth time The Citadel has placed first overall in the Carolinas Conference.