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UTSA students win second place in civil engineering competition

Steel Bridge
Steel Bridge

Top photo: Students Jerry He and Randy Rodriguez work on a deck assembly.
Bottom photo: During the loading portion of the competition, 2,500 pounds are placed on the bridge span and the change in deflection (vertical bending) is measured.

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(Feb. 3, 2010)--UTSA steel bridge team placed second overall at the Texas-Mexico regional qualifier of the 2010 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at the UTSA Main Campus. The win allows UTSA to compete at the national level May 28-29 at Purdue University.

UTSA earned first place in three of the regional competition's six individual categories -- aesthetics, construction speed and construction economy -- trumping teams from UT Austin and Texas A&M.

The National Student Steel Bridge Competition tests each team's ability to design, fabricate and construct a 1:10 scale bridge while emphasizing economy and maximizing bridge strength. Judges score the teams on their bridge's construction speed, weight, deflection, economy, structural efficiency and overall presentation. The recent Texas/Mexico regional competition was one of 18 competitions around the country that determine which teams will proceed to the national competition in May.

UTSA's 2009-2010 steel bridge team includes students Bradley Banks (captain), Jorge Gonzalez (student manager), Adam Berry, Ryan Castro, Darren Cooper, Nneoma Duru-Onweni, Karl Eisenacher, Kevin Ethridge, Fernando Garcia-Ortiz, Phillip Gutierrez, Jerry He, Trang Nguyen, Randy Rodriguez, Gerardo Romero, David Russell, Jason Shroyer and Nick Taylor. Manuel Diaz, UTSA associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is the team's faculty adviser. Alumnus Patricio Santamaria is the team's volunteer mentor.

The annual steel bridge competition is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) in conjunction with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is open to Texas- and Mexico-based members of ASCE student chapters. The 2009-2010 competition marks UTSA's 21st year of participation, which attracts more than 200 colleges and universities from across North America.

>> For more information about the ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition and to inquire about participating, contact Manuel Diaz at 210-458-4953.

>> Learn more about UTSA undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering at the UTSA College of Engineering Web site.

 

 

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Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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