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2014 News in Brief



Steel bridge team places second in national meet

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2014 MIT Steel Bridge TeamFor the third consecutive year, the MIT Steel Bridge team placed second in the national competition held on May 24 -25 at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Technical instructor Steve Rudolph said, “This was an especially satisfying year because the students fabricated their ambitious design almost entirely by themselves.” The goal is to create the lightest but stiffest structure, precisely assembled by the fewest number of people as rapidly as possible. This year’s bridge weighed 107 pounds, deflected ¼ inch while holding 2500 pounds, and was erected by three students in slightly over 11 minutes. “I congratulate the students on this marvelous achievement,” said Department head Markus Buehler. More background and photos at