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MIT Steel Bridge Team
MIT has been competing in the Regional and National Student Steel Bridge Competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction since 2007.
At the 2013 national competition held May 31-June 1 at the University of Washington in Seattle, the MIT 2013 Steel Bridge Team won second place overall and first place in economy, with a build time of 5:32 minutes. The University of California, Berkeley took first place. MIT hosted the regional competition, 2013 ASCE New England Student Conference and Steel Bridge Competition, on April 20. In that competition the team won first place. Universite Laval placed second overall and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell placed third.
The 2012 Steel Bridge Team took second place at the national competition held May 25-26 at Clemson University. The University of California at Berkeley placed first and California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo took third place. The team placed second at the regional competition March 31 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
- Read a news story about the team's 2nd place performance at 2012 nationals.
- View a video about the 2012 team at regionals.
- View a Facebook photo album of the team preparing for and competing in the national competition.
The 2011 Steel Bridge Team placed fifth at the national competition held at Texas A&M May 20-21, and second place overall at the regional competition in Montreal.
- Read a news story about the team's performance at 2011 nationals.
The 2010 Steel Bridge Team took sixth place at the national competition and walked away from the regional competition at Tufts University with first place in five categories: 1st Overall, 1st in Efficiency, 1st in Stiffness, 1st in Aesthetics, and 1st in the Paper Competition.
The 2009 Steel Bridge Team placed 18th out of 47 teams competing at Nationals, and took first place in three categories at the regional compeition held at Wentworth Institute of Technology: first Overall, first in Structural Efficiency and first in the paper competition.
The 2008 Steel Bridge Team again took first place for construction time and second place overall at the regional competition held at the University of New Hampshire. At nationals, the team had a construction time of just five minutes, but suffered a few penalties. The team earned a ranking of 21 out of 42 teams at the 2008 National Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
The 2007 team placed second overall and first for quickest construction time at the April regionals held at the University of Connecticut. In the national finals, that team placed 24th at the regional competition at California State University at Northridge in May.