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02-19-2013

Clarkson University Construction Engineering Management Team Competes

Last semester, 12 Clarkson University students on the Construction Engineering Management (CEM) SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) team competed in the 23rd annual Student Competition for the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1 in Morristown, N.J.

Left to right: Robert Sousa, Brendon Reyell, Lee Cadby, John Bolger, Francis Duba II, Christopher Krushinski, Jacob Earl, Kyle Doy, Sean Dutcher, James Kiley, Lucas Short, and Monique Choinere.Two teams traveled to the competition -- one to compete in the commercial building competition, and the other to compete in the heavy civil competition.

The two-day competition involved planning, estimating, and presenting on a complex construction project.

The commercial building team worked on the development of a regional transit support facility and placed fourth out of 14 teams.

The heavy civil team completed a project involving the relining of a hydroelectric power dam supply tunnel and placed fourth out of 10 teams.

The commercial building team was comprised of senior civil engineering majors Lucas Short (captain) of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Robert Sousa of Chelmsford, Mass., Brendon Reyell of Plattsburgh, N.Y., Christopher Krushinski of Patchogue, N.Y., and Monique Choinere of North Bangor, N.Y.; and senior engineering management major James Kiley of Manchester, Mass.

The heavy civil team was comprised of senior civil engineering majors Lee Cadby (captain) of Lancaster, N.Y., Jacob Earl of Unadilla, N.Y., John Bolger of Roxbury, N.Y., and Kyle Doy of Naugatuck, Conn.; and junior civil engineering majors Francis Duba II of Harwinton, Conn., and Sean Dutcher of Johnson City, N.Y.

The CEM team, advised by Professor Spencer Thew, director of the CEM Program, and Kenneth Meding, adjunct instructor in the CEM Program, is part of the SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) program, 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 350 undergraduates annually. Projects involve engineering design, analysis, and fabrication. In addition, students learn real-world business skills, such as budget management, effective teamwork, and communications skills.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/cem-2012.jpg .]

Photo caption: Twelve Clarkson University students on the Construction Engineering Management SPEED team competed in the 23rd annual Student Competition for the Associated Schools of Construction Region 1. Left to right: Robert Sousa, Brendon Reyell, Lee Cadby, John Bolger, Francis Duba II, Christopher Krushinski, Jacob Earl, Kyle Doy, Sean Dutcher, James Kiley, Lucas Short, and Monique Choinere.

[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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