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Posted by Tom Klemens on May 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM.
A newly released podcast in the AISC Steel Profiles series features a conversation with Frank Hatfield, chair of the Student Steel Bridge Competition’s rules committee. Hatfield was first involved in the competition in 1988 as the faculty advisor to the Michigan State University team, which was competing in the second year of the event. (The first competition had been held the year before, in 1987, when Bob Shaw, AISC’s director of university programs, arranged a local student steel bridge competition for three Michigan universities: Lawrence University, Michigan Tech, and Wayne State.)
Hatfield has been helping to organize the competition and write the rules ever since. In 1992, after several years of local competition, he and the Michigan State team issued an open challenge. That year with support from AISC, MSU hosted the first national bridge competition with 13 college teams participating.
Now sponsored by AISC and ASCE, the successor to that early competition has grown into a staggering success. Approximately 200 teams compete in regional competitions representing 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and China.
To hear more about how the contest has evolved, click here.
To read about the 2010 NSSBC finals in MSC, click here.
The 20th National Student Steel Bridge Competition finals will be held at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, on May 20-21, 2011. Drop in if you’re in the area – admission is free. Visit the official website for more information.