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NMSU civil engineering students win regional competition

A team of New Mexico State University engineering students won first place in a steel bridge competition held regionally by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).


The steel bridge team consisted of about 18 students, all civil engineering or civil engineering technology majors at NMSU. They began working in October to design a steel bridge spanning 22 feet that would hold 2,500 pounds. At the April 22 competition they would have to build it quickly and efficiently, as their efforts were judged on economy, aesthetics, lightness, efficiency and construction speed.

The NMSU team won first place overall. They competed against a team from the University of Texas at El Paso.

"It was exciting," said junior Nikki Barley, a civil engineering major from Hope, N.M. "The best part for me was to see us work together, overcome the obstacles and keep our cool."

The team was advised by Ken White, head of NMSU's civil, agricultural and geological engineering, and Kenny Stevens, a civil engineering technology professor.

Rachel Kendall
June 12, 2000