NJIT Students Take First Place in Steel Bridge Design Competition

NEWARK, April 29--New Jersey Institute of Technology's (NJIT) student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) won first place in the Metropolitan Regional, 2002 Steel-Bridge Competition, held recently at Rutgers University.

The NJIT chapter received two other first-place awards: one for structural efficiency and another for stiffness, both indicators of design excellence. The other student teams in the competition were from Rutgers University, Columbia University, and City College, City University of New York.

The NJIT team will advance to the 2002 National Steel Bridge Competition held in June at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This is the second consecutive year the NJIT student team is competing in the national competition.

The members of the NJIT steel bridge team are Stephan Butler, Fair Lawn; Frank Perrone, Fair Lawn; Mark Domingues; Kearny; Luke Dubas, Wayne; Stephanie Ann Dubyna, Clifton; Joseph Frega, Toms River; Robert Indri, Somerset; Keith Kooistra, North Haldeon; Brian Piccirillo, Colonia; Wojtek Klich, Garfield; Ann Marie Puzio, Garfield; and Alex Zuendt, Garfield.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) sponsor the annual steel bridge competition. Its purpose is to foster educational excellence among civil engineering programs at U.S. universities.

Each student team is required to design and build a reduced scale bridge based on requirements set by AISC. Students have wide latitude in how they meet the specifications, which results in creative design solutions. This year, NJIT's bridge design featured a low profile, segmented, wide-flange beam section.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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