The University of Hartford Student Chapter of ASCE competes in the Student Steel Bridge Competition. The competition's mission is to supplement the education of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The SSBC increases awareness of real-world engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, esthetics, and cost. Success in inter-collegiate competition requires effective teamwork and project management. Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently.
The University of Hartford feels strongly about maintaining the competition as an extra-curricular activity. Therefore, the students volunteer their time and do not receive academic credit for contributions to the team. As such, the team is not guaranteed University funding, although some funds are typically available from the Student Government Association.
The University of Hartford also strives to have the bridge entirely designed and fabricated by the student team. This is the best way to maintain the learning experience in the bridge competition.
The materials, tools, and travel necessary to compete require a substantial budget. The projected budget for this year's competition team is $5000. We are seeking sponsor businesses willing to join us in this endeavor and help us to reach our financial goal. If you are interested in contributing, you can find fundraising information HERE.