HAMMOND | Four Purdue University Calumet civil engineering students collaborated to earn first place for designing the stiffest bridge in the steel bridge competition at the recent Great Lakes Student Conference for engineering students at Trine University.
Students Mohammad Yasin of Merrillville; Loai Obaidat of Midlothian, Ill.; and Chen Luo of Guangzhou, China with help from Kevin Phelan of Munster designed a bridge that was recognized for having the least deflection with respect to maximum loading conditions, according to competition rules. Their bridge was 17 feet long with a 3½ feet long cantilever section, per rules specifications.
“The students had to strike a design balance among categories that included aesthetics, engineering economics, construction time, bridge weight, design load capacity and structural member deflection,” Purdue Calumet Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Robert A. Rescot said.
In addition to civil engineering, Purdue Calumet offers baccalaureate degree engineering study programs in computer, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as an interdisciplinary master’s degree offering with concentrations in computer, electrical and mechanical engineering.