This year the Steel Bridge team competed at the Mid-Continent Conference Steel Bridge Regionals held at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE). The competition was held April 4, with a record number of teams, fourteen, attending from the Mid Continent Conference. This year our team, the SteelRoos, did remarkably well but fell short of the top three. Our SteelRoos build time was good and the bridge stiffness was very good, winning 3rd place. The one of a kind connections used for the bridge intrigued many participants. However, some key construction and dimensional penalties knocked our SteelRoos out of the running for the top honors. Co-Captains Taylor Christmas and Jessica Everhart and team members, Kevin Buck, Huy Dao, Mitchell Eutsler, Jon Lamanes, Paige Norris, Spencer Solon, Jade Rodell-Tipton, Megan Ryan conducted themselves in a professional manner and represented UMKC and SCE very well. Professors John Kevern and Jerry Richardson serve as faculty co-advisors for the team. Much was learned for next year and many of this year’s team members will be returning. We are all proud of them!
UMKC Civil Engineering students won the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Mortar Workability Competition. Our UMKC ACI team was awarded a certificate and award money at the 2013 ACI Spring Convention student awards luncheon held on Sunday, April 14, in Minneapolis, MN. In addition, their pictures will be featured in an upcoming ACI Concrete International magazine article. The undergraduate CE students winning the award were Andy O’Laughlin, Jon Lamanes, Jade Rodell-Tipton, and Antonio Sanchez. The graduate student advisors were Claire Cao, Tim Hines, and Mayuri Patil. Dr. John Kevern is the ACI faculty advisor.