The main objective of the ASCE Student Chapter is to inform students about the Civil Engineering profession and encourage students to take an active role in promoting the ideals of the American Society of Civil Engineers. These ideals are even more present with our undertaking of designing and racing a concrete canoe for the ASCE 2011 Concrete Canoe Competition.
Every year, schools from around the country compete to see who can design and fabricate the best concrete canoe. The canoe is judged based on design, documentation, and performance in flatwater racing. The competition has been sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers for many years. The 2011 TCNJ Concrete Canoe Design Team was the first team to represent The College of New Jersey in this competition. The first step of the process is the regional competition at Fairleigh Dickinson University in April 2011; the winner of that travels to the national competition in June.
Update: Congratulations to Rutgers University! The team from Rutgers was the highest ranked team eligible to travel to Evansville, Indiana for the national competition, and we wish them the best of luck!
TCNJ didn't do too poorly for our first ever showing. According to one official, TCNJ was one of only two schools present not to have any deductions due to a non-compliant mix design. We also won first place in the technical paper competition!!
Unfortunately, the boat didn't fare as well as the team did. High winds combined with a top-heavy design resulted in the canoe falling off its stands and cracking in half. So while we never got in the water, TCNJ had a good showing and has high hopes for next year! Stay tuned...