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ASCE students take regional civil engineering competition by storm
Release Date Thursday, April 24, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 24, 2014) – Attending the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Regional Student Conference in Fort Collins, Colo., the ASCE student chapter at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology took second in the Canstruction design competition. The chapter also took third overall in the steel bridge design competition, placing first in stiffness, efficiency and display. ASCE will go on to the national steel bridge competition held in Akron, Ohio, in May.

The conference included a business meeting, professional and technical presentations and competitions including surveying, technical and non-technical paper presentations, concrete canoe racing and steel bridge design.

Civil and environmental engineering students competing in the competition were: Abby Fleck, Rice, Minn.; Ben Wolf, Gering, Neb.; Brandon Dike, Norfolk, Neb.; Brian Ruppelt, Rapid City; Brigit Kelly, Casper, Wyo.; Brylee Streeter, Kaycee, Wyo.; Cassidy Trapp, Midland; Chelsey Herber, Buffalo, Minn.; Christopher Timm, Canton; Cody Lorenz, O’Neill, Neb.; Cody Schellinger, Sheridan, Wyo.; Drew Vance, Faith; Drew Hinker, Woonsocket; Elizabeth Kreher, Bellevue, Neb.; Erik Vik, Yankton; Gina Rossi, Pueblo, Colo.; Harvey Fitzgerald, Hermosa; Jesse Parker, Rapid City; Jon Maschino, Sioux Falls; Kaitlin Reed, Dayton, Wyo.; Karen Schaefers, Miller; Kathleen Ryan, Collingdale, Pa.; Kenneth Shaffner, Colman; Kevin Barry, Rapid City; Kirk Ehlke, Canova; Kirtis Courkamp, Rapid City; Kristen O'Connor, Gilette, Wyo.; Kyle Carey, Sterling, Colo.; Kylie Berger, Sioux Falls; Laeken Stugelmeyer, Buffalo; Logon Vogt, Chadron, Neb.; Matt Van Deusen, Grantsburg, Wis.; Michael Dollarhide, Pipestone, Minn.; Megan Brown, Rapid City; Nicholas Claggett, Syracuse, N.Y.; Nolan Johnson, Rapid City; Sam Sorger, Chico, Calif.; Sarah Ondracek, Park Ridge, Ill.; Timothy Lowman, Sheridan, Wyo.; and Tony Kulesa, Shawnee Mission, Kansas.


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