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04-20-2007

Clarkson University's Concrete Canoe Team Takes Third Place

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Of the four categories the canoe placed second in the design paper category, third in the oral presentation category, fourth in the combined canoe race, and fourth in final product. The combination of the above categories placed Clarkson's concrete canoe in third place overall. canoe2007

Teams designed and built a boat out of concrete. Each team designed its own concrete mix and in order to make it less dense, rocks and sand were removed and replaced with Styrofoam or polystyrene beads. By decreasing density, stability becomes a problem, as the concrete is much weaker.

The event included men's, women's and coed sprint races and a men's and women's distance race. In addition, the teams presented an oral presentation and submitted a display board and technical paper to the judges.

The Concrete Canue team members are Christine Benetti, a sophomore aeronautical engineering major from Cranston, R.I.; Hieu Cam, a senior civil engineering major from Manchester, N.H.; Christopher Coppola, a freshman civil engineering major from St. Johnsville, N.Y.; Scott Davis, a senior mechanical engineering major from Ticonderoga, N.Y.; Jesse Glasser, a junior civil engineering major from Cape Elizabeth, Maine; David Grant, a sophomore civil engineering major from Saranac Lake, N.Y.; Joseph Hudach, a senior civil engineering major from Torrington, Conn.; Kathleen Jones, a junior civil engineering major from Groton, N.Y.; Jarrod Persun, a sophomore civil engineering major from Erie, Pa.; Pamela Planishek, a freshman civil engineering major from Liberty, N.Y.; Justin Ricci, a graduate mechanical engineering major from Corning, N.Y.; Adam Taddonio, a senior civil engineering major from Watertown, N.Y.; Katie Trowbridge, a senior civil engineering major from Olean, N.Y.; and Elizabeth Urban, a senior civil engineering major from Waverly, N.Y.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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