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New Mexico State engineering students to compete in national bridge building contest

Seven New Mexico State University civil engineering students will compete in the 10th annual National Steel Bridge Competition May 24 and 25 at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

m will construct a steel bridge that will hold at least 2,500 pounds, roughly the weight of a Volkswagen Beetle. The teams are judged on load capacity, the weight of the bridge and the amount of deflection, which is how much the bridge bends when stressed by the weight.

The New Mexico State students competing are juniors Mark Fountain and Herbert Quintana; seniors Christopher Bartow, Chris Almy, Jason Sanchez and Daniel Lamb; and graduate student Eric Lowe.

More than 400 engineering students from 43 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada were invited to this year's national competition. More than 175 universities competed in regional competitions, with only the top teams advancing to the national event. The New Mexico State team won second place at the regional competition April 7 in Albuquerque.

"This event is a true learning experience for the students," said Fromy Rosenburg, assistant director for education for the American Institute of Steel Construction, a sponsor of the event. "It, quite literally, bridges the gap between what they learn in the classroom and what they need on the job."

For more information call Kenneth White, head of the civil, agricultural and geological engineering department at New Mexico State, at (505) 646-3801.