A team of engineering students at the University of Missouri-Rolla finished second in a regional bridge-building competition and will test their mettle again in a national event later this month.
The UMR bridge-builders finished second in the 2003 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Regional Steel Bridge Competition, held April 24-26 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
At the competition, teams of engineering students from various colleges and universities constructed steel bridges designed to withstand weights of up to 2,500 pounds. Their efforts were judged according to the speed of construction, bridge weight, bridge stiffness and aesthetic value.
The team from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale finished first in the competition. Both SIUC and UMR will compete in the national competition to be held May 23-24 at San Diego State University in San Diego, Calif.