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UTSA civil engineering students showed great success as they put classroom knowledge learned to practical use at the American Institute of Steel Construction’s Regional Steel Bridge Competition on March 8 in Arlington.

The UTSA Steel Bridge Team placed first overall and took first in the following categories: construction economy, structural efficiency, lightness, construction speed and stiffness.

Members of the UTSA Steel Bridge Team learn structural engineering problem solving, practical machine shop skills and teamwork with other engineers through this competition. After months of preparation the team competed against the best engineering schools in Texas. The UTSA team is now counted among the top finishers in the nation and qualify to compete in the 2020 National Finals, which will be held at Virginia Tech on May 22 and 23.

“I attribute the success of the 2020 UTSA Steel Bridge Team to the hard work and dedication of all team members,” said team captain Evan Batton, who is a senior civil engineering student.

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