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UC Berkeley Wins National Student Steel Bridge Competition
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 5, 2012 at 8:49 AM.

uc-berkeley_sitn.jpgA team of University of California, Berkeley students have been named champions in this year’s ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition, held over Memorial Day weekend at Clemson University, S.C. Coming in second and third place overall were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.


Nearly 600 students from the qualifying 47 university teams convened to display their engineering prowess in the competition finals. The annual event, now in its 21st year, challenges civil engineering students to work together to design, fabricate and construct their scaled steel bridges, capable of holding 2,500 lbs., in the shortest time and under specific building constraints.


The bridges were judged in six key categories related to steel design and construction: construction speed; stiffness; lightness; economy; display; and efficiency. The teams with the best combined rankings across all six categories earn overall award recognition.


This is the second time UC Berkeley has won the national title. Their steel bridge entry, ApoCALypse, placed first in the categories of economy and construction speed, second in efficiency and third in lightness.


“Everyone was motivated and resilient this year after what happened last year,” (UC Berkeley’s bridge failed last year’s lateral load test) commented Sabrina Odah, bridge project manager for the UC Berkeley team. “We didn’t let that failure break us. We all had the sense that this was our year.”


To view the top three winners in each category and learn more about the competition, go to AISC’s press release, here, or visit You can find photos from this year’s event on Clemson University’s Flickr page at

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