The Nevada teams paddled their sleek, highly-engineered 140-pound canoe to beat out second place California State University, Sacramento and third place University of California, Berkeley – both tough competitors who have also earned berths at the national competition in past years. This year’s Mid-Pac competition featured eight universities from California.
The win earns the Nevada students an eighth trip in eight years to the national competition June 20-22 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The competition is an American Society of Civil Engineers annual event.
The concrete canoe competition provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students’ knowledge, creativity and stamina – the design and construction takes months, along with the physical training and academic preparation.
On the water, the students took first place in the men’s endurance, women’s endurance, men’s sprint, women’s sprint and coed sprint. In the academic portion, they took first place in product development and design paper and third place in the presentation category.