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ECS Students Win Granite Collegiate Challenge

Posted On : November 3rd, 2008

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Sacramento State students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science took first and second place in the first Granite Collegiate Challenge, Oct. 24-26 in Sacramento. The students also brought home a little spending money. The first place team won $10,000 and the second place team won $5,000.

The challenge, hosted by Granite Construction Company’s Sacramento office, pitted engineering students from eight Northern and Central California Universities against each other. Students were tested on hands-on and practical experience in field work and construction estimating. No advanced preparation was allowed, and teams were built on the fly using a combination of civil engineering students and construction management students. Teams had to respond to challenges set forth by the organizers the day of the event.

“Students were presented with problems any engineer might find in a heavy civil work such as constructing roads, moving earth or building bridges and infrastructure projects,” says Ramzi Mahmood, chair of the college’s civil engineering division. “Our programs are practically oriented and prepare students for what they will experience in the real world.”

The money will be used by the department to fund student conferences, competitions, travel, materials for projects, and a portion will be set aside for an endowment for the department, Mahmood says.

For more information on the competition, contact Mahmood at (916) 278-7375.

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