A team of Gonzaga University engineering students won a first place award in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in Salt Lake City on May 26-27.
The team was led by captain Daniel Sumerfield and also included Todd Schoentrup, Dan Robledo, Justin Patterson and Richard Mahn. Ed Martz, a mechanical technician at Gonzaga, is the team’s liaison engineer and GU engineering Professor Paul Nowak is the team’s adviser.
Gonzaga’s team won the lightness category, finished No. 11 for efficiency and placed No. 13 overall. Forty-five teams from the United States and Canada participated in the competition sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction Inc. and the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Gonzaga team had won the regional competition in April to qualify for the national competition.
Gonzaga’s award-winning bridge is on display on the first floor of the Herak Engineering Center and will remain there well into the upcoming fall semester.
For more information contact Professor Nowak, associate dean of civil engineering, at (509) 323-3551 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.