A team of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will test the principles of bridge building by constructing a scale-model steel bridge as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2015 Mid-Continent Student Conference.
The conference will be held Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at the University of Kansas, located in Lawrence, Kansas.
Missouri S&T’s Steel Bridge Design Team will compete with other regional collegiate teams to construct its bridge as fast as possible. The competition is scored based on a dollar amount rather than a points system. This scoring simulates the actual accounting process involved in determining the budget for an actual bridge construction project.
The bridge is scored on its weight and rigidity, construction speed and the number of team members building the bridge. Penalties are assessed for infractions like dropping bolts, holding two pieces of the bridge at once and stepping over designated lines. Each bridge is also “load tested” to see if it can hold a required amount of weight.
This year, Missouri S&T’s team designed an over-truss bridge, with steel beams that arch across the top of the road portion of the bridge. It weighs approximately 160 pounds and is comprised of fewer than 50 pieces.
Missouri S&T’s team plans to have only five students construct the bridge at the competition. Prior to the competition, team members practice several hours a day to improve their construction speed.
Joel Cates, a senior in mechanical engineering from Pawnee, Illinois, is the team leader and Dr. Timothy Philpot, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, is the Steel Bridge Team faculty advisor.
The Missouri S&T Steel Bridge Team members are:
Melissa Bartell, a junior in ceramic engineering from Saint Charles, Missouri
Benjamin Calvert, a senior in mechanical engineering from Sedalia, Missouri
Joel Cates, a senior in mechanical engineering from Pawnee, Illinois
Randi Cory, a junior in civil and architectural engineering from Atchison, Kansas
Matthew Duncan, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Moberly, Missouri
Nikkolas Edgmond, a senior in civil engineering from Labadie, Missouri
Shelby Gross, a senior in mechanical engineering and engineering management from Saint Charles, Missouri
Kayla Hindle, a senior in engineering management from Wildwood, Missouri
Sarah Jemison, a junior in civil and architectural engineering from Nixa, Missouri
Scott Jemison, a senior in civil engineering from Nixa, Missouri
Kyle Kentner, a sophomore in engineering from Liberal, Missouri
Matthew Klegseth, a senior in civil and architectural engineering from Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Sara Koestner, a senior in civil and architectural engineering from Russellville, Missouri
Jonathan Kuchem, a sophomore in civil engineering from Augusta, Missouri
Kollin Liefer, a senior in mechanical engineering from Red Bud, Illinois
Alex Marey, a junior in computer science from Wildwood, Missouri
George Nugent, a senior in civil engineering from Saint Charles, Missouri
Nathaniel Oberley, a junior in civil engineering from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ben Parr, a sophomore in mechanical engineering from Old Monroe, Missouri
Alec Schlotzhauer, a junior in civil and architectural engineering from Manhattan, Kansas
Timothy Schmitt, a senior in civil and architectural engineering from Bonita Springs, Florida
Derek Schnoebelen, a junior in civil engineering from Liberty, Missouri
Austin Shull, a senior in architectural engineering from La Monte, Missouri
Lauren Tomanek, sophomore in mechanical engineering from Springfield, Missouri
Andrea Wolfe, a senior in mechanical engineering and engineering management from Waterloo, Illinois.