In what was only their second time competing in the annual ASCE ‘Virginias Conference”, teams from Marshall’s engineering program and ASCE student chapter were very competitive in a number of categories, with some first-place finishes and a ranking high enough to earn a spot in the national steel bridge competition.

The Virginias Conference is an annual event that is sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and includes participation from all engineering schools in Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. This year, the conference was hosted by Howard University, so students travelled to Washington, D.C., on April 4-6, with their concrete canoe, steel bridge supplies, materials for academic competitions, and team members who were energized and ready to compete, after working for many months preparing for the various events.

Marshall’s team earned several awards:

  • First place in Robert A. Marr, Jr., Technical Paper Competition (based on originality of the project, societal benefits of the project, technical content of the paper, and quality of the paper). Gerald Rowe authored the paper.
  • Second place in the Steel Bridge Competition (based on design, construction speed/ efficiency, structural integrity, and cost), which qualifies the team to participate in the national competition in Seattle, Washington. Jessica Meadows and Carissa Hansen were team chairs.
  • First place in t-shirt design – chaired by Nathan O’Kane.
  • Second place in Recycled Mini-Golf Competition – chaired by Cory Gibbs.

Student participants in the conference included: Kristen Bobuk, Cassandra Drown, Carissa Hansen, Jessica Meadows, Nick Clark, Andrew Aguilar, Aaron Dunkle, Leland Johnson, Gabriel Lawrence, Bryce Merritt, Kyle Merritt, Evan Morgan, Vimal Patel, Isaac Picklesimer, Zayyad Yakubu, David Cooper, Marcus Greene, Austin Cox, Cory Gibbs, Michael Kennedy, Jonathan Lambert, Charles Meyers, Nathan O’Kane, Gerald Rowe, and Eli McWhorter. Weisberg Engineering Division faculty members Andrew Nichols and Jeff Huffman (faculty advisor of Marshall’s ASCE student chapter) accompanied the student to the conference.

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Thanks to all of the students who used their free time (and even spring break!) to prepare for the conference, and for being such professional representatives of Marshall University and its undergraduate engineering program!