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SAMPE ’08 Lightweight Bridge and Aircraft Wing Fosters Student Engineers

04 June 2008

On Tuesday, May 20, 55 teams of university students competed at SAMPE '08 in Long Beach, California, to determine which team built the strongest yet lightweight bridge or the strongest lightweight aircraft wing.

In total, $7000 in cash and prizes were awarded to winners, thanks to the generosity of dozens of contest sponsors.

As part of the SAMPE ’08 conference and exhibition, this program creates great interest with industry leaders, exhibitors and students to observe new and creative composite building material projects.

Dr. Howard Kliger, president, HS Kliger & Associates, Somerset, NJ, and chair of the contest for the past 11 years, willingly takes on the coordination of this project. “Their innovative work coupled with the energy of these young engineers not only excites, but also gives me hope the next great aerospace and civil engineers might be right here in Long Beach.”

The winners for the Bridge Contest using a Carbon kit were: US Naval Academy, First Place; University of Washington, Second Place; and University of Dayton, Third Place. The winners of the Bridge Contest using a Non-carbon kit were: Western Washington University, First and Second Place; and the University of Washington, Third Place. The winners of the Bridge Contest using a Glass kit were: The University of Washington, First Place; and the University of Dayton, Second and Third place. The winners of the Bridge Contest using a Natural Fibre kit were: The University of Washington, first place; the University of Dayton, second place; and Texas State San Marcos, third place.

The winners of the Wing Contest were: The University of Utah, first place; University of Maryland, second and third place.

Each contest entry required a poster, featuring details about the materials and construction of each Lightweight Bridge and Wing. Bridge poster winners were: Western Washington University, first place; University of Nevada Las Vegas, second place; and University of Washington, third place. Wing poster winners were: University of Delaware, first place; University of Nevada Las Vegas, second place; and University of California at Santa Barbara, third place.






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