News Release| American Society of Civil Engineers; Cal State L.A.

March 17, 2011

Media Advisory: March 23-26, CSULA

Concrete canoes, steel bridges, water filters, more put engineering minds to the test

Civil engineering students from 19 universities to compete at regional conference hosted by Cal State L.A.

Los Angeles, CA --  From March 23-26, nearly 1,000 civil engineering students will converge at California State University, Los Angeles to fabricate a scaled steel bridge; engineer a concrete bowling ball, discus and shot put for a triathlon; and create a filtration system using conventional household items.

These activities and more are part of the annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pacific Southwest Conference, hosted by Cal State L.A. this year for the first time.

A highlight of the conference is the concrete canoe competition, where each college team is to design and construct a concrete canoe that can float.  The canoes will then compete in a swamp test, endurance contest and sprint race at the Santa Fe Dam on Friday, Mar. 25.

The ASCE regional conference draws students from Nevada, Arizona, California and Hawaii universities to compete in a series of engineering-related events. The competition gives students practical experience, allows them to network with peers, and gives them a chance to qualify for a national championship berth.

The four-day conference will culminate on Saturday, Mar. 26, with an awards ceremony at the Quiet Cannon restaurant in Montebello.

For schedule and exact locations of events and a list of participating universities, go to

WHAT:           The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2011 Pacific Southwest Regional Conference at Cal State L.A. to feature concrete canoe, steel bridge and environmental design challenges and more.

WHEN:           Wednesday, Mar. 23 – registration and open ceremony, flag design

                        Thursday, Mar. 24 – balsa bridge, environmental design, triathlon

                        Friday, March 25 – concrete canoe, mystery event (Santa Fe Dam)

 Saturday, March 26 – steel bridge, engineering relay, surveying

WHERE:         Cal State L.A. campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit of the San Bernardino Freeway.

                        campus map: /univ/maps/cslamap.php

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