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    1st PRIZE AT THE 2011 STUDENT STRUCTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION (August 2010)

    Student group won first prize at the 2011 Student Structural Design Competition, sponsored nationally by the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The conference will be in Las Vegas, NV in May 2011.  Team members included Matthew Bandelt, Adam Beckmann, Brian Czenszak, and Shane Moran.  The project team competed against schools from around the country and received first place based on their design of a new bridge proposal for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

    The New Jersey Turnpike (NJTP) is a major highway toll road connecting New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware and is credited as the fifth busiest toll road in the United States by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. The NJTP has a dual-dual road configuration which separates commercial traffic from automobile traffic by a median along the northern interchanges of the roadway (8A to 14). Traffic congestion along the New Jersey Turnpike has steadily increased in recent years in the central and southern portions of the turnpike where the dual-dual configuration is not used. Over the next 20 years, traffic is predicted to increase by as much as 92% causing the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to implement a widening program from interchanges 6 to 9, extending the dual-dual configuration. The design team was tasked with designing a 150 foot simple span bridge used in the widening project with welded plate girders made composite with a cast-in-place reinforced concrete deck. The bridge design included the design of the steel plate girders, concrete deck, elastomeric bearing pads, bearing stiffeners, shear studs, and diaphragms in accordance with the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and New Jersey Turnpike Authority Design Manual.

    P3 Phase 2 award for research in the field of Alkali Activated Cements (April 2010)

    Under the advisory of Dr. Aleksandra Radlinska and in partnership with Drexel University, sophomore Civil Engineers Joseph Shook and Alexandra Terpeluk won the EPA P3 Phase 2 Award for research in the field of Alkali Activated Cements. The team traveled to Washington D.C. and presented their research to the Senate Financing Committee, heads of the EPA, and leaders in the fields of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Among others awarded were Cornel University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Virginia Technical Institute. In addition to the Phase 2 award, the team also won a Phase 3 award.

    The project awarded looks into the use of waste materials from the steel and coal industries in the production of concrete, the second most used material on earth after water. The team was applauded in their cement’s “greenness”. A 95% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to the traditional alternative, as well as minimal loss in performance and the use of waste materials makes Alkali Activated Cement and exciting alternative for the future and the team is excited to get back to work. (Jospeh Shook)

     

    1st PRIZE AT THE 2010 STUDENT STRUCTURAL DESIGN COMPETITION (May 2010)

    Student group won first prize at the 2010 Student Structural Design Competition, sponsored nationally by the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The conference was in Orlando, FL in May 2010.  Team members included Colin Doyle, Timothy Harrington, Nicholas Martignetti, Brian Mellen, and Richard Runyen. The Team ranked above teams from schools around the country with girls’ dormitory project for Amigos de Jesus in Honduras.

    The team proposed a 4,310 square foot rectangular dormitory comprised of two wings connected by a common room. Design characteristics included reinforced concrete foundations, beams, and columns; masonry exterior and interior walls with a stucco façade covering most of the building, a brick façade for the front of the building, and a steel roofing system. (Richard Runyen)