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Lawrence Tech hosts steel bridge, concrete canoe competition

Release Date: April 2, 2009

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WHAT: Lawrence Technological University is hosting the regional college competition for steel bridge construction and concrete canoe racing sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Lawrence Tech is the defending steel bridge champion in the regional competition.

WHEN: Friday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (the time when the Lawrence Tech team will assemble its bridge to be determined by 9 a.m. Friday.)

WHERE: Ridler Field House, Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. It is #2 on the campus map at this (link).

WHO:  The other universities competing are the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, the University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University and Case Western University.

WHY: The students must design and construct a scale-model bridge that is 2.5 feet tall, 20 feet long and capable of supporting 2,600 pounds. During the competition, they will assemble the bridge in less than 12 minutes, a task that requires great dexterity, endurance and teamwork. On Friday, both the steel bridges and concrete canoes will be on display and judged in several engineering categories.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.