MIT Steel Bridge Team wins first place in the regional competition held Saturday at MIT

April 25, 2013

By Denise Brehm
Civil & Environmental Engineering

The CEE-sponsored MIT Steel Bridge Team won first place at the New England regional steel bridge competition held on campus Saturday, April 20. Université Laval placed second, followed by the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in third place.

Grant Iwamoto (left) and Maria Tou, co-captain of the MIT Steel Bridge team, construct the bridge during the regional competition at MIT. Photo / Rudolph Photography
Grant Iwamoto (left) and Maria Tou, co-captain of the MIT Steel Bridge team, construct the bridge during the regional competition at MIT. Photo / Rudolph Photography
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The competition, which was hosted by CEE, was scheduled to begin early Saturday morning, but was delayed by the lockdown in the Boston area that followed the shooting death of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and the Boston marathon bombings. 

Although the annual conference of the student chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) scheduled for Friday evening had to be canceled, the event organizers — M.Eng. students Leonidia Garbis ’12 and Matthew Pires ’10 and CEE administrative officer Patricia Dixon — refused to give up on the competition. In the end, they were able to hold the event with a delayed start time of 2 p.m. Saturday. 

Some of the teams arrived at their hotels outside the city Friday afternoon, while others waited for word Saturday morning before driving to Boston. Nine of the