MAY 20, 2013 – The SPSU Steel Bridge competition team recently came in fourth out of the 24 colleges and universities that participated in the Southeastern Conference of the American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction Steel Bridge Competition.
“I had one of the best teams I have ever had in my 22 years of this competition. They were fantastic,” said Mike Orlandella, the team’s faculty advisor and associate professor emeritus of civil engineering technology.
The SPSU team, which has historically placed in most of the regional and national competitions throughout the last two decades, assembled its 18-foot, 172-pound bridge in 6.5 minutes. Together with the bridge’s excellent performance on load tests, SPSU bested longtime rival University of Florida, Gainesville as well as the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
However, only the top three competitors from the Southeast could advance to the nationals, and this year, that honor fell to the University of South Florida, Tampa; the University of Central Florida, Orlando; and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
According to Prof. Orlandella, with only a few of the 19 total regional competitions left to take place before nationals, SPSU’s performance score ranks among the top 10 in the country.
The Steel Bridge team includes: civil engineering technology majors Joseph Calhoun, Josh Durkee, Robert Englehart, Casey Ginn, Stephen Marbury, Curtis McCoy and Rosa Santillan; and civil engineering majors Matthew Smith and John Trane.