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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: May 11, 2000

Student Bridge-Builders
Headed to Nationals

A team of civil engineering students from California State University, Sacramento is preparing for the prestigious National Steel Bridge Competition, set for May 20-21 at Texas A&M.

The team qualified by taking second place at the recent American Society of Civil Engineers' Mid-Pacific Regionals April 29-30 in Chico. They beat out 10 other teams from throughout Northern California and Nevada. At nationals, the CSUS students will compete against 45 other teams from the United States and Canada.

The students on the CSUS bridge-building team are: Jarrett Woodruff, Scott Murata, Aaron Miller, Ken Magnuson, Catherine Hernandez, Joya Gilster, Greg Frost and Celeste Jaenke (will not be able to go to nationals).

In the event, students design and build a steel bridge according to detailed specifications. This year, the bridge must be at least 22 feet long and span a 14 foot wide river. Teams are judged on the time it takes them to build the bridge, aesthetics, and the amount of sag the bridge exhibits when 2,500 pounds is placed on it.

The event is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction.

More information is available by contacting Ed Dammel, the team's faculty advisor, at (916) 278-6983 or the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-4378. Results from the event will be available Monday, May 22.

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