Cal Poly Steel Bridge Team Preps for National Competition

As the old joke goes, the only way to get to Carnegie Hall is practice, practice, practice. The Cal Poly Steel Bridge Team is using the same sage advice in preparation for the 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National Student Steel Bridge Competition.

Practicing five days a week including all-day sessions on Saturdays, the team is hoping to improve on its second-place finish at the 2016 ASCE competition when teams from all over the U.S. and North America gather on May 26-27 at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore.

“We’ve added practice sessions because we’re changing the build plan from the one we used at regionals,” said team project leader Hannah Lancaster (Orange, Calif.). “It’s a little stressful right now, but we think the change will pay off.”

The Cal Poly team, which includes Matthew Ramos (Carmichael, Calif.), Stephen Hager (San Diego), Jessica Ramirez (Union City, Calif.), John Stern (Vacaville, Calif.) and Jonathan Diaz (San Bruno, Calif.), qualified for the nationals when it placed first overall among 19 universities at the annual Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) on April 6-8 at UC Irvine in Irvine, Calif. Cal Poly’s Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe and Environmental Competition teams all finished first at the regionals.

The Cal Poly Concrete Canoe team will compete in the ASCE Concrete Canoe National Competition, June 17-19, at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo.

To watch a video of the Cal Poly Steel Bridge Team practicing, see: