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ECS Students Win SEAOCC Design Competition

Posted On : November 14th, 2008

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A team of Sacramento State civil engineering students won the 17th annual Structural Engineers Association of Central California (SEAOCC) student design competition.

The design and construction phase of the competition was held at Wallace Kuhl and Associates, Inc, Saturday, Nov. 1. Students were given instructions to design and build a wood truss structure which met certain span length and height specifications. The structures were later tested for maximum load and vertical deflection at Chico State.

The team presented its designs and experimental results at the annual SEAOCC Student Night banquet Tuesday, Nov 11 The judges considered the uniqueness of the overall design, structural performance and the student presentations in their final decision. The Sacramento State team was awarded a certificate and a $2,500 prize.

“There’s a certain pride with winning a competition like this,” says professor Benjamin Fell, faculty advisor to the students. “They applied the principals of the design learned in the classroom to a real live structure and came out on top.”

Team members were Christine Jansen (captain), Zachary Craig, Jesse Ogren, Joel Schaffer and Josh Wagner. Josh Larson received a $1,000 scholarship from SEAOCC for outstanding academic and extracurricular performance.

Wallace Kuhl is a Sacramento-area geotechnical and geologic engineering, environmental and ecological firm.

For more information on the competition, contact Fell at (916) 278- 8139.

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