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The Annual American Society of Civil Engineers Competitions

Team members Sarah Craig, left, and Ashley Stieferman race MU’s concrete canoe in the 2005 competition. This year’s races are scheduled for April 29. Photo by Cindy Hiles

Hundreds of Midwestern engineering students will wield their technical skills at Mizzou this week in the annual American Society of Civil Engineers competitions.

MU’s student ASCE chapter is organizing this year’s regional conference and contests, which will run from April 27 through April 29 on campus and at Columbia’s Twin Lakes Recreation Area. The event will draw an estimated 350 students from 14 Midwestern universities and colleges seeking to apply their academic knowledge and earn berths in national ASCE competitions.

Mizzou team members hope to draw fans from throughout the community to such popular events as the steel bridge design and construction contest and the concrete canoe design contest and races.

“We hope it’ll spark an interest in civil engineering throughout the college and campus,” said Tom Hiles, a civil engineering senior serving as the ASCE conference planning committee chair. “It will show the community what you can do in engineering.”

The regional conference will feature for the first time a wall stabilization competition, in which student teams will build a small-scale soil retaining wall from poster board and paper. Other scheduled events include a concrete bowling competition, a research paper contest, a K’NEX building contest and a “mystery” event that MU’s ASCE chapter has devised.