Student Engineers to Test Designs With Concrete Canoe Races

Duke University's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on April 4-6 will host this year's regional Carolinas Conference and nine student engineering design competitions, including concrete canoe races.

The conference, an annual event for 10 engineering schools in the Carolinas and Georgia, is expected to attract nearly 350 students. In addition to the concrete canoe races, competitions will include projects involving the mentoring of middle school students, earthquake testing of reinforced concrete columns, the treatment of polluted water, as well as the design, construction and testing of small-scale earthen dams.

The concrete canoe races will take place on Friday, April 5, at Lake Crabtree County Park, near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Canoes will be judged in the morning prior to the beginning of races, which are set for 11 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The remaining competitions will be held Saturday, April 6, on Duke's West Campus at the Pratt School of Engineering and at the corner of Science and Research drives.

ASCE is a national professional organization of civil engineers. Duke's student chapter of ASCE is in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering within the Pratt School of Engineering.

Additional information is available at the conference Web site,
http://edisto.egr.duke.edu/~cc2002web/.