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Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition
May 26, 2008

Can the Milwaukee School of Engineering “Wedge” their way to the top? Will the Florida Institute of Technology do a “Double Take”? Will the U.S. Air Force Academy “Zoomie” into first place? These questions and many more will be answered as civil engineering students from the United States and Canada travel to Montreal for the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 21st Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition June 19-21, 2008.

Throughout the year, teams of civil engineering students logged thousands of hours researching, designing and constructing their concrete canoes in search of the winning combination of creativity, knowledge and teamwork. After coming out on top in regional competitions throughout the spring, the best and brightest from 22 top engineering schools will match wits and skills in four categories — the aesthetics and structural integrity of their canoe; a technical design paper highlighting their planning, development, testing and construction; an academic presentation covering their canoe’s design, construction, racing ability and other innovative features; and, of course, the performance of the canoe and its paddlers in five different races — men’s and women’s slalom/endurance races and men’s, women’s and co-ed sprint races.

The 2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition finalists are: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; Clemson University; Drexel University; Ecole de technologie suprieure; Fairmont State University; Florida Institute of Technology; Louisiana Tech University; Michigan Technological University; Milwaukee School of Engineering; Polytechnic University; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; United States Air Force Academy; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Florida; University of Houston; University of Maine; University of Nevada, Reno; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Wisconsin – Platteville; Youngstown State University.

For more information on the National Concrete Canoe Competition, including downloadable high-resolution photos, please visit online.

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