Who Will Paddle Their Way to Concrete Victory?

Hundreds of Collegiate Concrete Canoers Head to National Finals

Reston, Va.—Where is the one place you can find Billy the Kid, the Flying Dutchman and Orion in June? The American Society of Civil Engineers’ 23rd annual National Concrete Canoe Competition, of course.

Twenty-two teams of engineering students from across the country and Canada will meet at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo June 17 to the 19 in a bid to win the “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering.” Throughout the year, teams of civil engineering students logged thousands of hours researching, designing and constructing their concrete canoes in search of the winning combination of creativity, knowledge and teamwork.

After coming out on top in regional competitions throughout the spring, the best and brightest from 22 top engineering schools will match wits and skills as they put their concrete creations to the test in a series of events at the national finals. The 2010 finalists are (school, canoe name):
• California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Amazona)
• Clemson University (Terra Amicus)
• École de technologie supérieure (Montferrand)
• Fairmont State University (The Privateer)
• Louisiana Tech University (Deuces Wild)
• Michigan Technological University (Yooper)
• New Mexico State University (Billy the Kid)
• Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey (Orca)
• San Jose State University (Orion)
• Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (Rock ‘n Row)
• The University of Alabama (Spirit of 1831)
• The University of Alabama in Huntsville (Supercharger)
• University of Akron (Lockkeeper)
• University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (Space Bulls)
• University of California, Los Angeles (Premiere)
• University of Houston (Steer Clear)
• Université Laval (The Norseman)
• University of Nevada-Reno (Battle Born)
• University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Hess’s Warning)
• University of Wisconsin-Platteville (Flying Dutchman)
• University of Washington (Tahoma)
• University of Wisconsin-Madison (Centennial)

The competition is both academic and athletic, with each team’s score being based on engineering design and construction principles used in the creation of the canoe, as well as results from men’s, women’s and co-ed race events. The scores are divided into four components that are each worth 25 percent of the final score: a design paper, an oral presentation, the final product and the results of five different races—men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races. First, second and third place winners receive academic scholarship awards of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500, respectively.

Helping to make this year’s events possible are the 2010 sponsors: World of Concrete, Baker Concrete Construction, U.S. Silica, Holcim and Flatiron.

For the complete schedule of events for the 2010 National Concrete Canoe Competition, please visit: http://nccc2010.calpoly.edu/events/

For more information on the National Concrete Canoe competition, including downloadable, high-resolution photos, visit: www.concretecanoe.asce.org.

About ASCE
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.