The UNR Concrete Canoe Team during competition.
RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada Reno Concrete Canoe Team is celebrating another floating victory.
After dominating the competition in five canoe races and winning two of three academic categories, the team took the overall win in the annual Mid-Pac Concrete Canoe Competition held April 19-20 in San Jose, Calif.
The Nevada teams paddled in a highly-engineered 140-pound canoe. They beat out second place California State University, Sacramento and third place University of California, Berkeley.
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. Organizers say the event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina – the design and construction takes months, along with the physical training and academic preparation.
“This is a great accomplishment by itself and the consistency and continuity of success is an even greater achievement,” said University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering Dean Manos Maragakis. ”It is definitely consistent with our College's commitment to excellence and national recognition and its vision to "make a world of difference." I cannot be more proud of our students and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.”
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.
"Our team's consistency in winning at the regional and national levels is a clear result of the dedication of our outstanding students,” said Amy Childress, professor and chair of the University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “In addition to strong student leadership, our student chapter is supported by faculty advisors and local alumni who remain committed to our chapter and the concrete canoe program."