The University of Akron played host to the 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 23 and 24, bringing teams not only from around the US, but Mexico and Canada, to conceive of, design, fabricate, build, and test steel structures that meet certain standards, and perform the best for the lowest cost. The competition is jointly organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the University of Akron’s civil engineering department.
A student team from the University of California, Davis took first prize, followed by MIT in second place and University of California, Berkeley in third. To be eligible for the annual competition, competitors must be ASCE members attending their designated ASCE student conference. the 2015 competition will also be held in May. The competition website lists more information on bridge requirements, contacts, and how to register.