Congratulations to the The University of Texas at San Antonio’s ASCE Steel Bridge team for winning 3rd place in lightness, 4th in efficiency and 11th overall out of 47 universities at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition. The competition took place at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, May 22-23, 2015.
“I am so proud of all of the Steel Bridge Team members,” said Heather Shipley, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “The fact that we moved up 11 places in the overall competition from last year is amazing and it a testament to our students’ hard work. I would like to thank Dr. Manuel Diaz for his mentorship and the time he invests in our ASCE students.”
The University of Texas at San Antonio Steel Bridge Team moved on to Nationals after placing first in the 2015 ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge regional competition held at The University of Texas, Austin in January. UTSA topped fourteen university teams from Texas and Mexico, including The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M.
“This year, our team placed the highest we have in nationals in 15 years and we are especially proud of the fact that we received a 3rd place in the lightness category,” said Phillip Gutierrez, civil and environmental engineering student and team bridge designer. “We set high goals for this season and we feel we more than accomplished them. However, we know that there is always room to improve next year and we can be one of the top teams in the nation.”
“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us accomplish our goals including our faculty advisor, Dr. Manuel Diaz, our numerous sponsors, and Paul Krueger at the UTSA machine shop,” continued Gutierrez. “We have a great group of UTSA students who are hard working, intelligent, and resilient. We are proud to represent our school and increase the prestige of UTSA’s College of Engineering.”