Florida Tech took fourth place overall among 25 universities at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Southeast Regionals.The annual event, held in Tallahassee, drew nearly 800 students who competed in 15 events at the largest ASCE student competition in the United States.
The Florida Tech team of 35 took home five of the 94 trophies awarded. All five were for the Concrete Canoe competition. The 2012 canoe was named “The Nautilus” from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea.
Among the honors, Florida Tech rowers placed second in the Men’s and Women’s Sprints, Men’s Distance and Coed Sprint.The team was captained by sophomore mechanical engineering major Matthew Walsh; the co-captain was John Chandler a senior majoring in civil engineering.
The other featured competition is Steel Bridge. “The Steel Bridge team did an outstanding job working on a beautiful 20-foot long structure that they designed, built—welded, sawed, ground, sandblasted—and finally assembled,” said Paul Cosentino. Anthony DeAbreu and Alex Armstrong, civil engineering seniors spearheaded this effort.
Faculty members Paul Cosentino, civil engineering, and Al Bleakley, construction management, accompanied the students.