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LTU hosts student engineering conference, places third in concrete canoe racing

Release Date: April 10, 2017

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Host Lawrence Technological University finished third overall among nine schools in the concrete canoe race competition of the American Society of Civil Engineers North Central Student Conference, held over the weekend. Around 300 students participated. 

Engineering students designed and built canoes made of concrete for the event. The canoes were judged on their appearance Friday on LTU’s Southfield campus. The canoes raced Saturday at Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area in Oakland County’s White Lake Township. Students were also judged by engineering experts on a design paper and an oral presentation. Presentation, design and racing points were combined to produce the overall winner. 

LTU’s canoe team finished fifth in the design paper, fourth in oral presentation, and third in quality of the final product. 

In racing Saturday, LTU’s canoe finished third in the women’s sprint race, fourth in the men’s sprint, second in the co-ed sprint, fifth in the women’s endurance race, and third in the men’s endurance race.

Michigan Technological University finished in first place overall, with the University of Michigan second. Other teams competing included Western Michigan University in fourth place, Ohio Northern University in fifth, Michigan State University in sixth, the University of Toledo in seventh, Wayne State University in eighth, and the University of Detroit Mercy, whose canoe was unfortunately severely damaged in transit to the LTU campus, in ninth. 

The ASCE event also featured a steel bridge construction contest Friday on the LTU campus, won by Michigan Tech, with U-M second and MSU third.