UPR-M places seventh in national competitions

Engineering students from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPR-M) picked up several top-5 awards at the ASCE Concrete Canoe Championship, held June 9-11 in Tyler, Texas. They placed seventh overall among universities in both Concrete Canoe and in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition on May 27-28 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez compete in the during the Concrete Canoe Competition
The University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez compete in the during the Concrete Canoe Competition (Credit: American Society of Civil Engineers)

The events were a competition between regional champions from several universities across the United States and internationally. Among the awards UPR-M earned in the Canoe competition were third place in Coed Final Sprints, fourth place in Men’s Final Sprints and fifth place in Design Paper. The team finished seventh overall.

Students came from the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying at UPR-M, home of a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) project led byPrincipal Investigator Ismael Pagán-Trinidad and Co-Principal Investigator Ricardo López. Professors Pagán-Trinidad (department chair) and López (department associate chair for research and graduate studies) direct the CRC project “Education for Improving Resiliency of Coastal Infrastructure.”

At the March American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Southeast Student Conference 2016 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, UPR-M, the civil engineering team, took overall first prize in a regional competition that judges all aspects of vessel design and use. UPR-M won 17 prizes, nine of which were first prizes.

The overall placements from the Concrete Canoe Nationals were:

  • Design Paper: Fifth place
  • Oral Presentation: Fifth place
  • Final Product: 13th place
  • Women’s Final Sprints: Sixth place
  • Men’s Final Sprints: Fourth place
  • Coed Final Sprints: Third place
  • Women’s Slalom/Endurance Race: Seventh place
  • Men’s Slalom/Endurance Race: Fifth place
  • Race Points: Fourth place
  • Final Summary: Seventh place
Students from UPR-M pose with their steel bridge from the national competition.
Students from UPR-M pose with their steel bridge from the national competition.

Overall placements from the Steel Bridge Nationals:

  • Efficiency: Seventh place
  • Stiffness: Eighth place
  • Economy: Ninth place
  • Construction Speed: Ninth place
  • Lightness: Ninth place
  • Display: 33rd place
  • Overall: Seventh place