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April 14, 2008


NEW YORK, April 14, 2008 – In only its second year of resumed competition, The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Steel Bridge Club has qualified to go to the national Steel Bridge Competition by taking second place in the metropolitan New York regional meet.

CCNY bested teams representing Stevens Institute of Technology, The College of New Jersey, Cooper Union, Polytechnic University, and Rutgers University in the regional event, held April 5 at Stevens Institute in Hoboken, N.J., and finished behind the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  Both CCNY and NJIT will go on to the finals, May 23 – 24 at University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

“Students in the Steel Bridge Club get a lot of practical experience working with materials that will be very important in their careers,” said the club’s advisor, Dr. Thomas Price, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering in The Grove School of Engineering at CCNY.  “They get to deal with a lot of things that aren’t covered in class such as fabrication, scheduling and connections.”

Teams competing for the national championship will design, fabricate and build a 20-foot long bridge according to exacting specifications.  The bridge will have to be capable of supporting a 2,500-pound load.   The competition is scored based on construction time, bridge weight, bridge stiffness, and aesthetics.

In the regional meet, the CCNY team, which consisted of 13 students, ranked first for Bridge Stiffness and Bridge Aesthetics, but finished second in Timed Construction to NJIT, which had a very high score in that category.

Among the students representing CCNY were: Norbert Ochman, Tung Lap Ko, Joseph Provenza, Shui Wing Tseung, and David Luke.

About The Grove School of Engineering at CCNY

The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York, formerly the CCNY School of Engineering, is the only public engineering school within New York City.  It offers Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in seven fields: biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering and computer science.  The School is recognized nationally for the excellence of its instructional and research programs and ranks among the most diverse engineering schools in the country.  On November 28, 2005, the CUNY Board of Trustees named the School in honor of Dr. Andrew S. Grove, a member of the CCNY Class of 1960, and a co-founder and former chairman of Intel Corp., the world’s leading producer of microprocessors.  For additional information, visit www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/engineering.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.  For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.