S&T’s Steel Bridge Design Team wins regional competition

Photo by Bob Phelan, Missouri S&T.

Photo by Bob Phelan, Missouri S&T.

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Steel Bridge Design Team earned first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Mid-Continent Student Conference, held Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26, at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

Missouri S&T competed against 13 other collegiate teams at the conference. The team earned a spot at the national competition that will be held May 23-24, at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

The Steel Bridge competition challenged teams to construct a scale-model steel bridge as fast as possible. The bridges were then “load tested” to see if they could hold the required weight of 2,400 pounds. Missouri S&T’s bridge weighs 320 pounds and is comprised of 22 pieces and more than 70 bolts. It is 17 feet long and is a 1:10 scale model bridge.

The teams were judged on bridge weight and rigidity, construction speed and the number of team members building the bridge. Missouri S&T’s team earned first place in stiffness, efficiency and economy, and earned third in the display section. The team’s scores were good enough for it to earn first place overall.

Dr. Timothy Philpot, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, is the Steel Bridge Team faculty advisor, and Jermy Jamison, a senior in mechanical engineering from Grain Valley, Mo., is the 2014 team leader.

Photo by Bob Phelan, Missouri S&T.

Photo by Bob Phelan, Missouri S&T.

The following students are part of the 2014 Steel Bridge Team:

Takota Anderson, a senior in mechanical engineering from Stark City, Mo.

Natalie Bouxsein, a senior in civil engineering from Sugar Hill, Ga.

Joel Cates, a junior in mechanical engineering from Pawnee, Ill.

Miranda Cory, a freshman in civil engineering from Atchison, Kan.

Matthew Duncan, a freshman in mechanical engineering from Moberly, Mo.

Shelby Gross, a junior in mechanical engineering from St. Charles, Mo.

Kayla Hindle, a junior in engineering from Wildwood, Mo.

Tyler Ishmael, a junior in mechanical engineering from Grain Valley, Mo.

Jermy Jamison, a senior in mechanical engineering from Grain Valley, Mo.

Sarah Jemison, a sophomore in architectural engineering from Nixa, Mo.

Nick Kaesik, a senior in architectural engineering from Freeburg, Mo.

Matthew Klegseth, a junior in civil engineering from Kansas City, Mo.

Sara Koestner, a junior in architectural engineering from Russellville, Mo.

Lynsey Lahey, a senior in civil engineering from Kirkwood, Mo.

Alex Marey, a freshman in computer science from Wildwood, Mo.

David Muller, a senior in architectural engineering from Ballwin, Mo.

Nathaniel Oberley, a sophomore in civil engineering from Virginia Beach, Va.

Holly Olson, a senior in mechanical engineering from Nanjemoy, Md.

Sarah Padgett, a senior in civil engineering from Topeka, Kan.

Kyle Roberts, a senior in architectural and civil engineering from Hannibal, Mo.

Alec Schlotzhauer, a sophomore in architectural engineering from Manhattan, Kan.

Austin Shull, a senior in architectural engineering from La Monte, Mo.

Samantha Smith, a senior in civil engineering from Washington, Ill.

Darrell Wallace, a senior in civil engineering from Lee’s Summit, Mo.