May 14, 2008    #053
Contact: John Austin

UMKC engineering students win regional competition, qualify for nationals Third consecutive first-place finish for UMKC squad in regional steel bridge competition

For the third year in a row, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) steel bridge team has won first place in the regional finals of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Steel Bridge Competition. The 2008 competition was held at the University of Arkansas at Fayette and included teams from the University of Kansas, University of Nebraska, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Oklahoma and Missouri University of Science and Technology.

By winning the regional competition, the UMKC team automatically qualifies to compete at the 17th Annual National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Florida on May 23-24, 2008. The UMKC/SCE students who represented UMKC at the regional competition are Matthew Spurrier, Hunter Kephart, Patrick Benware, Aaron Castro, Craig Cogan, Marc Phillips, and Justin Collier.

“I am very pleased with this year’s team, which has made significant advances since the school was formed in 2001. Since that time, the steel bridge team has been invited to nationals four times,” said Jerry Richardson, UMKC associate professor of Civil & Mechanical Engineering and faculty advisor to the steel bridge team. “The increasing success of the team demonstrates the quality of the Civil Engineering program at UMKC. The broad exposure we get from repeated national invitations clearly demonstrates the quality and commitment of our students, faculty and staff.”

The ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition is an annual Inter-Collegiate Civil Engineering competition. It challenges the students in university Civil Engineering programs to design, fabricate, construct, and test a steel bridge. Each year the ASCE/AISC modifies the rules to keep the student-engineers thinking of ways to solve a new problem, to provide them with a chance to come up with innovative ideas, and to keep the competition competitive.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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