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Oregon Tech Civil Engineering Students Showcase Ingenuity

May 03, 2013

May 3, 2013, KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – As part of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 20 students from Oregon Tech’s Civil Engineering program packed up a steel bridge and concrete canoe in their new trailer to make the trek to Oregon State University in Corvallis and participate in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Student Conference April 25-27.

Oregon Tech’s student organization, along with professors Dr. Matthew Sleep and Dr. CJ Riley, participated in events with college chapters from Alaska to Montana at this three-day event. The events challenge students' knowledge, creativity, and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of their projects, including a concrete canoe (that floats) and was raced by four engineering students and a model steel bridge designed to hold 2500 pounds.

Oregon Tech won gold in the geotechnical competition with a phenomenal speed round by Luke Jannusch and a best showing for pullout capacity of piles. Oregon Tech freshman, Riley O’Boyle, ranked 6 out of 16 for the technical paper and presentation.  Dr. CJ Riley noted, “A freshman with a working knowledge of the ASCE Policy Statement 465, NCEES Model Law and the details of licensure and credentials is a powerful thing!”

Oregon Tech is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. To learn more about Oregon Tech’s Civil Engineering program, please visit www.oit.edu/academics/degrees/civil-engineering.

civil engineering trailer

The purchase of this trailer would not have been possible without the continued support of businesses such as Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter, American Institute of Steel Construction, National Institute for Transportation and Communities, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium, Black & Veatch, Adkins Consulting Engineers Inc., Precision Structural Engineering, and Viking Concrete Cutting, along with donors Sara Reuter CPA, Tom Wood '12, Gail Flory '82, Jeff Shirey, Keith and Fran Smith, and Jim and Mary Stockton. Frontier Trailer in Klamath Falls continues to provide support of Oregon Tech and worked with the Civil Engineering department to allow for the purchase of this trailer. Signvertise of Klamath Falls also provided decals at a reduced cost.

About Oregon Tech
Founded in Klamath Falls in 1947, Oregon Institute of Technology is one of seven universities in the Oregon University System, and the only public institute of technology in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Tech provides degree programs in engineering and health technologies, management, communication, and applied sciences that prepare students to be effective participants in their professional, public, and international communities through hands-on learning. Oregon Tech has a full-service, residential campus in Klamath Falls and an urban, industry-focused campus in Wilsonville. Visit www.oit.edu to learn more about Oregon Institute of Technology.

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