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Student Project Wins Engineering Design Competition

The senior capstone project by four ONU civil engineering students, all now 2008 graduates, has won first prize in the 2009 Student Structural Design Competition, sponsored by the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

The students won for their capstone project: "Design for a Swinging Bridge on the Buckeye Trail's Miami and Erie Canal Towpath." They are Christopher Shearer of Strongsville, Ohio, now a graduate student at Georgia Tech, Jameson George from Chillicothe, Ohio, now a law student at ONU, Nathan Smith from Cleveland, Ohio, and Adam Ross from West Chester, Ohio. Their faculty adviser was Dr. Farhad Reza, P.E.

For the competition students from across the country submitted a 12-page report on a capstone design project in structural engineering. No identification of the submitting university is allowed in the reports, leading to a blind review by experts in the field. The first prize includes a $1,000 check and publication of the report on the SEI website. The winners will present their project at the 2009 Structures Congress in Austin, Texas, on May 2. The award will be presented at the SEI/ASCE awards luncheon on April 30.

Senior capstone projects vary by college and allow graduating students to showcase their mastery of their area of study.