The 2006-2007 Student Steel Bridge Competition team of the New Mexico Tech Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) traveled to Boulder, Colo. last month to compete in the Rocky Mountain Regional Student Conference of the 2007 Student Steel Bridge Competition, sponsored by the ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Pictured at the competition are New Mexico Tech team members (from left to right): Kim Coleman; Justin Roybal; Ramon Gallegos; Dr. Claudia Wilson (faculty advisor); Bryan Mitchell; Tess McCarty-Glenn; and Philip Heid. (Photo and caption provided by Justin Roybal, treasurer of the ASCE Student Chapter at New Mexico Tech)
The New Mexico Tech team's bridge took 21 minutes and 36 seconds to assemble, and passed both loading tests (vertical and lateral loading). The Tech-built bridge placed 6th out of 12 bridges entered.
In addition to New Mexico Tech's entry, collegiate teams from Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota also competed. Four of the competing bridges failed under the required loading of 2,250 lbs.