The SIUC Steel Bridge Team is a Registered Student Organization that allows students to apply technical knowledge learned in the classroom to a real-world engineering project. Steel Bridge Team drives students to develop their leadership, communication, team building, and networking skills which are rarely touched on in the classroom. Every August, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) releases a new set of rules for collegiate Steel Bridge Teams across the country to design a 20-foot steel bridge that can support 2,500 lbs for Regional Competitions in April. When we receive the rules and specifications, we work on our bridge design to comply with those rules. After the design is completed, we order steel to start fabricating our bridge.
The design and fabrication phases require a large amount of time and dedication by Steel Bridge Team members. In April, we will travel to the University of Oklahoma to compete against other universities in the region, where we are scored based on structural efficiency (bridge weight and deflection) and construction economy (build time and number of builders). The top 2 teams in our regional qualify for the National Competition.
SIUC's Steel Bridge Team placed 1st in 2016 and 2nd in 2018 at Regionals, qualifying for Nationals 2 of the last 3 years after not qualifying for Nationals the 10 years prior to 2016. We are off to a great start this year, but need your help to compete at the highest level! Steel is costly, and registration, transportation, and lodging for the journey to Oklahoma are quite expensive as well. We rely on the generosity of donors to continue our success, and thank you for your consideration.