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08-13-2007

Clarkson University Places in Timber Bridge Competition

Clarkson University's Timber Bridge Team scored third place for "Most Innovative Design" in the 2007 National Timber Bridge Design Competition at Brookhaven, Miss.

The team members were seniors Baseem Almuti of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; Samuel Hawkins of Belport, N.Y.; Stephen Patt of Fairport, N.Y.; and Joshua Woodbury of Spencer, N.Y.; juniors Peter Christiano of Gloversville, N.Y.; James Farese of Marlborough, Mass. and Brent VanHatten of Barneveld, N.Y.; sophomores Jarrod Persun of Erie, Pa., and freshman Daniel Harvey of Sunbury, Pa. Their advisor was Jubum Kim, professor of civil engineering.

The National Timber Bridge Design Competition is open to student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Forest Products Society (FPS) in the United States and Canada. The competition's objectives are to promote interest in the use of wood as a competitive bridge construction material, to generate innovative and cost-effective timber bridge design techniques and to develop an appreciation of the engineering capabilities of wood among future transportation and forest products engineers. Following the competition, most of the bridges were placed into use as trail bridges.

The SPEED program is one of the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering hallmark initiatives exemplifying Clarkson's "defy convention" approach to education. SPEED promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning opportunities for more than 250 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design and analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills. SPEED receives its primary financial support from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation with contributions from ExxonMobil and Turner Construction Company. The program was recognized with the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award for its exceptional contributions to improving undergraduate engineering education.

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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