Undergraduate Research

2009 Concrete Canoe TeamConcrete Canoe Competition »

UW's Concrete Canoe team does just what you'd think. They build a concrete canoe. Following challenging rules and regulations set forth by ASCE's Committee on National Concrete Canoe Competitions, a concrete mix is designed in the fall and the canoe assembled during winter quarter.

The competition gives students practical experience, a hands on opportunity to combine skills and creativity, as well as practice in teamwork, communication, and project management skills. Scoring of the competition is divided into four equal parts: the final product, a presentation, a paper and the race results.

Faculty sponsor: Peter Mackenzie

Student Working on Steel Bridge ModelSteel Bridge Competition »

This inter-collegiate challenge requires civil engineering students to design, fabricate and construct a steel bridge model based on competition specifications. The competition is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Students get a hands on opportunity to combine skills and creativity, as well as practice in teamwork, communication, and project management skills. Criteria for judging includes deflection, weight, construction, and assembly speed.

Faculty sponsor: Jeffrey Berman