Student Competitions

ASCE sponsors or co-sponsors several student competitions for eligible ASCE student organizations.  These competitions provide the students with hands on design experience that is a supplement to the engineering curriculum.  While preparing to compete in these competitions the students develop skills such as leadership, project management, design, scheduling, budgeting, and fabrication.  While working in these competitions, students are faced with real world design problems that force them to value analysis make design decisions based on the complete project.  In addition, the students must effectively communicate their idea, their design process, and demonstrate their knowledge of the design problem as well as the construction efforts necessary to complete the project.

ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition

The mission of the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) 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 issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, esthetics and cost. Success in inter-collegiate competition requires effective team work and project management. Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently.

The SSBC challenges students with a real world design problem where they are tasked to design, fabricate and construct a 1:10 scale steel bridge.  This bridge is then loaded with 2500 pounds.  The bridges are judged on weight, deflection under load, construction efficiency, and aesthetics. 

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ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition

Imagine designing, constructing, and racing a canoe made of concrete that actually floats when filled with water.  That is what civil engineering students do each year in the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC).  In this contest, teams consisting of ASCE students perform these tasks within rules revised each year by ASCE.  Students design lightweight concrete mixes and reinforcement that are used to construct a canoe durable enough to race.

The goals of this competition are to provide students with an opportunity to gain hands on practical experience by working with concrete designs while building an awareness of concrete technology.  In addition, students complete technical papers and presentations showcasing the design of their canoe.

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Daniel W. Mead Student Contest

The Daniel W. Mead Student contest provides an opportunity for ASCE students to write and present a paper on ethics.  Established in 1939 in honor of the 67th President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the contest provides an opportunity for alert young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention.

Each year a topic for the development of the paper is determined.  Students are encouraged to take that topic and develop a paper that is submitted to a national committee for review and scoring.  The winning papers, and the runner ups from each region are awarded prizes.  Additional information can be found at