UAF Steel Bridge Team Wins 4 Regional Titles

May 6, 2013 • Filed under: News — AUTC News

A fabled tradition, the UAF Student Steel Bridge Competition Team recently returned from  Corvallis, Oregon, at the 2013American Society of Civil Engineers’ Pacific Northwest Regional competition, where they took four winning titles, including best in the General Excellence Award.

The group included 12 undergraduate engineering students and was led by Andrew Metzger, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Adjunct Instructor and CEM Alumni Wilhelm Muench. The team was chosen through a competition held within UAF’s Engineering Department as part of an advanced Bridge Design course.

In addition to winning 1st overall, the team also took the following titles:

  • 1st place in environmental engineering;
  • 1st in bridge efficiency;
  • 1st in bridge stiffness;
  • 2nd in bridge weight;
  • 2nd in bridge economy, and
  • 2nd place in transportation engineering.

The team also took first in a transportation scavenger hunt, and participated in a number of related activities at the annual event. The regional conference also hosted concrete canoe, technical paper, and engineering knowledge competitions.

With the regional title under their belt, the UAF team now prepares to compete in the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition in at the University of Washington in Seattle, May 31-June 1. The event is sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

With this title comes the unique opportunity to purchase team t-shirts printed just for this occasion. With very limited quantities, the shirts are available by contacting AUTC Program Assistant Diane Wallace at 907-474-7330,, or on the UAF Campus in Duckering Room  245.