Florida Tech will be in the civil engineering spotlight in 2019 after the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) named the university host for its prestigious National Concrete Canoe Competition.
Florida Tech is only the second university in Florida to host the 30-year-old event, and will be the only one to host it twice come June 6-9, 2019. Florida Tech previously hosted the event in 1999 (pictured above), and concrete canoes first floated in Florida waters in the 1991 competition at the University of Central Florida.
The 2019 contest is expected to include 26 teams from universities across the United States and Canada, and one international university. They will compete against one another by racing student-designed canoes built entirely out of concrete. Races are expected to be held at Melbourne’s Ballard Park on the Eau Gallie Creek.
“It is truly a remarkable event that teaches students engineering skills outside of the classroom and exposes them to teamwork, leadership and professionalism,” said senior Quinn Duffy, a civil engineering major and president of the ASCE Student Chapter at Florida Tech who is chairman of the competition and lead author of the winning proposal.