I’ve found from reader feedback that the personal content is often of more interest than the investment and financial content- so if you’ll allow me a proud dad moment I’ll share with you a quick story about my oldest child Kelly (interviewed in this link) who is a civil engineering major at the University of Massachusetts and for the last three years has been involved in the concrete canoe competition. We saw his team compete this past weekend on the very windy and cold Charles River in Boston.
In 2009, UMass Amherst hosted the regional semifinal of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition, for which students design and build a fast, floatable canoe of concrete and paddle it in an endurance and sprint race. More than 160 students from 12 northeast universities competed and scholarships totaling $9000 were awarded to the winners’ undergraduate civil engineering program. The race was held at Lake Wyola in Shutesbury, Mass. ASCE Student Groups have been involved in constructing and racing concrete canoes on the local and regional (now conference) level since the early 1970’s. The first National Competition came to fruition in the summer of 1988. The objectives of the National Competition are as follows:
â€¢ To provide civil engineering students an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project management.
â€¢ To increase awareness of the value and benefits of ASCE membership among civil engineering students and faculty in order to foster lifelong membership and participation in the Society.
â€¢ To build awareness of the versatility and durability of concrete as a construction material among civil engineering students, educators and practitioners, as well as the general public.
â€¢ To build awareness of concrete technology and application among civil engineering students, educators and practitioners, as well as the general concrete industry.
â€¢ To increase awareness among industry leaders, opinion makers and the general public of civil engineering as a dynamic and innovative profession essential to society.
â€¢ To generate and increase awareness of ASCE’s and national sponsors’ commitment to civil engineering education among civil engineering students, educators and practitioners, as well as the general public.