YSU Steel Bridge Team Takes Bronze

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Youngstown State University Steel Bridge Team placed third out of more than 40 teams at the 2019 National Student Steel Bridge Competition this spring.

In April, the team of Spencer DeSalvo, Matthew Hone, Kenneth Anderson, Drew House, Thomas Carnes, Mohammed Khan and Luis Vindel qualified for the national competition after winning the Ohio Valley regional contest. The team’s adviser is Anwarul Islam, YSU professor and program director of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The national competition took place at Southern Illinois University, where teams developed and built a scale-model steel bridge. Teams must determine how to fabricate the bridge and plan for its efficient assembly under timed construction during the competition. Bridges are load-tested and weighed and must span some 20 feet, carry 2,500 pounds and meet other competition specifications. Aesthetics are also considered and judged.

The YSU team beat teams from the University of California Berkeley, Brigham Young University, University of Wisconsin, Drexel University, University of North Carolina and Case Western Reserve University. First place went to Lafayette College, followed by the University of Florida in second place.

Pictured: YSU Steel Bridge Team members (from left) Spencer DeSalvo, Matthew Hone, Kenneth Anderson, Drew House, Thomas Carnes, Mohammed Khan and Luis Vindel.

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