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April 15, 2010

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UT Tyler Concrete Canoe Team Earns Awards in Competition

UT Tyler's 2010 entry, "The Force"

UT Tyler's 2010 entry, "The Force"

The University of Texas at Tyler American Society of Civil Engineering Student Chapter won several awards during the 2010 ASCE Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition held in Austin, Dr. James Nelson, College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, announced.

With this year’s canoe entry, “The Force,” the 20-member team placed second overall in competition out of 10 teams, besting universities such as Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, UT Austin and UT El Paso. UT Tyler received second place in oral presentation, third place in technical design report, third in women’s endurance race and first in the men’s endurance race. 

“This year’s team, led by captain and junior civil engineering student Kevin Graham, earned respect for UT Tyler from all of the other engineering schools in attendance and leaves the competition with both pride in a job well done and hope for next year’s competition,” said Dr. Ronald Welch, UT Tyler Department of Civil Engineering chair. “UT Tyler has never finished lower than second in their three years of competing.”

Students representing UT Tyler were:

  • Seniors: Brittany Meloni of San Antonio, Owen Sanderson of Tyler, Tommy Crawford of Midlothian, Jesse Farr of Carthage, Donald Hodges of League City, Bryan Mahlke of Henderson and Jeremy McLeod of Fairfield.
  • Juniors: Josh Barton of Tyler, Kevin Graham of Flint, Cortland Jones of Reklaw, Emily Moore of Whitehouse, Clint Morrison of Tyler, Casey Ross of Willow Park, Hossein Hosseiny of Dallas and Kody Petillo of Eustace.
  • Sophomores: Neda Hosseiny of Dallas, Jennifer Moore of League City, Ted Booth of Longview, Caitlin Hall of Tyler and Michelle Holloman of Big Sandy.

Faculty members Dr. Michael McGinnis, chapter adviser, and Dr. Torey Nalbone also attended.

Participants build canoes with concrete and are judged in four categories: technical design report, oral design presentation, canoe final product and racing.

Last year, UT Tyler advanced to nationals by placing first and finished in the top 20 of all entries in the nation with their canoe entry “The Krewe of Rex.”

The Department of Civil Engineering, located in the state-of-the-art Bill Ratliff Engineering and Science Complex, began in 2005 and saw its first graduating class in May 2008. Offering both bachelor of science and master of science in civil engineering degrees, the program currently serves more than 100 students.

For more information, contact Welch, 903.566.7002 or rwelch@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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