So this year, I decided to join Steel Bridge, a club that designs and builds a bridge out of steel over the course of the year and enters it into a contest. We have about 50 pages of rules that we have to follow that outline dimensions, weight, etc. Last year, the bridge was 17 feet long and could hold 1500 lbs! The first semester is dedicated to bridge design and welding practice, and the second is dedicated to actually building the bridge. We actually get to cut, grind, drill, and weld the steel to fabricate the bridge. Also, we are the only college whose team is only students. Every other college has professionals working on the design and helping with the fabrication. Another really awesome thing is that if we spend 40 hours working on this we get 1 class credit, and if we spend 80 hours, we get 2 class credits! I’m so excited to really start getting into this project! Below is a picture of part of the bridge they built last year that won 3rd place at regionals.
September 26, 2012
Hi! I'm Katie. I am a junior here at Lehigh and I am double majoring in Civil Engineering and Architecture. This Arts-Engineering program is a five year program where I will graduate with two degrees. I am from Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and I am one of the few commuting students at Lehigh. Despite of this, I am the Vice President of the Steel Bridge Team, and I played club rugby. Additionally, I do kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at a local martial arts gym. If you have any questions about anything at all, please don't hesitate to ask! View all posts by lukatie15
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