Major News In Civil Engineering
- Dr. Tim Tyler earns Excellence in Teaching Award
- Civil Engineering Students Surpass National FE Exam Average
- Reiners Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Hosts 2013 ASCE Great Lakes Conference
- Civil Engineering Students Win Best Structure in Third Annual Plank-a-Palooza Competition
- Alumni Reiners Donate to Civil Engineering – October 2008
All of the awards were presented during commencement breakfast on May 4.
Timothy N. Tyler, Ph.D., John G. and Virginia C. Stemples Professor in Engineering, received the Frank and Julia Gelet McKetta Excellence in Teaching Award in Engineering.
May graduates of Trine University who took the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination exceeded the national average for passing the test.
Those majoring in civil engineering passed at a rate of 89 percent compared to the national average of 80 percent. “The test measures independently how well our students are prepared to take professional jobs,” said VK Sharma, Ph.D., dean of the Allen School of Engineering & Technology. “Certainly this class has done very well.”
Civil engineering students representing 18 engineering schools from Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin will compete at Trine University on April 18-20 during the American Society of Civil Engineers Great Lakes Region Student Conference.
The three-day event includes:
- Technical paper competition, the 2013 Daniel W. Mead Student Contest – Established in 1939 in honor of the 67th president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the contest provides an opportunity for young civil engineer s to further their professional development and gain national attention.
- Concrete canoe competition – The competition provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles learned in the classroom, along with team and project management skills. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material.
- Steel bridge competition – The mission of the competition is to supplement the education of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy.
- Concrete cylinder competition – Students will focus on cost and efficiency while producing a concrete cylinder. As part of the competition, teams also provide a written report to explain the design and production process.
- Geotechnical engineering competition – The objective is to design and build a small-scale reinforced earth retaining wall using paper reinforcement taped to a poster paper wall facing.
- Quiz bowl competition – The contest will test students’ general knowledge in several categories.
- Environmental competition – Students will tackle a hypothetical environmental issue by designing and building a bench scale apparatus – in this case a water filter – and writing a report to explain how the environmental situation is addressed.
In addition to Trine, the Great Lakes Region includes Notre Dame University, Northwestern University, University of Evansville, University of Illinois at Chicago, Marquette University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University-Calumet, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Purdue University, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Southern Indiana, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Bradley University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Valparaiso University and Illinois Tech.
Each spring, 18 ASCE Student Conferences are hosted by ASCE student organizations around the country. Most conferences typically include a business meeting, professional/technical presentations, competitions, social activities and an awards banquet.
At the American Society for Civil Engineering Great Lakes conference at Trine University, CE students Cody Watkins, Samantha Willmann, Andrew Stein, and Jacob Williams finished 3rd in the quiz bowl. Jay Scruggs and Jessica Heydinger finished 3rd in the materials competition and Jared Adams came in 4th in the ethics competition.
ANGOLA - A Trine University team of senior civil engineering students won the best structure award recently at the third annual Plank-A-Palooza, sponsored by Early Childhood Alliance in Fort Wayne.
Trine’s team of Jared Adams of Sand Creek, Mich.; Harrison King, of Wauseon, Ohio; Cody Watkins, of Belleville, Mich.; and Jacob Williams, of Fairmount, all Chi Epsilon members, completed the structure in half the 30 minutes allowed. Chi Epsilon is Trine’s civil and environmental engineering honor society. Tim Tyler, Ph.D., is faculty adviser.
“We wanted something that would wow people; something that would display our creativity as civil engineering majors,” said King, the team leader. “We came up with a structure that was founded upon three legs, and eventually curved its way up into one point, a point that had empty space below it. The spiral on top was made with a basic triangle shape that rotated slowly as it went up.
“Though this applied our basic knowledge of static forces (learned in school), it was more of a guessing game and pure creativity that inspired the final product,” Harris said.
The competition featured 11 designs by teams from other schools and universities as well as architectural firms and private businesses.
Plank-A-Palooza teams use 500 KEVA planks – precision-cut maple blocks about ¼ by ¾ by 4½ inches that stack – to design and build a structure using only gravity, no adhesives or fasteners.
Photographed are, from left, Jacob Williams, Jared Adams, Cody Watkins and Harrison King with their winning structure.
The generosity of a Tri-State College alumnus and his wife will enhance education for generations of Trine University civil engineering students.
The university has announced the receipt of a $1.5 million gift from Larry and Judy Reiners of Tulsa, Okla., to the Trine University Department of Civil Engineering. Larry Reiners completed a bachelor of science in civil engineering at TSC in 1965.
The gift punctuates a long history of generosity shown the university by the Reiners. They are 20-year annual university supporters and have donated to the Fawick Hall master plan and the New Horizons and Vision for the Future capital campaigns. They have advocated for the institution and for higher education for 45 years.
“The Reiners’ support, dedication, and generosity will ensure a rich repository of new resources for Trine civil engineers setting out to create solutions to the world’s complex environmental and infrastructure issues,” said Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II. “We are pleased at the opportunity to strengthen civil engineering programs for Trine University students,” Larry Reiners said. “I am grateful for the preparation Tri-State College provided for my professional success, and hope to pave the way for Trine engineers to reach even greater heights as they employ their skills in the betterment of the world.”
Fawick Hall, the engineering building at Trine, has been completely renovated at a cost of $5 million. It houses the Department of Civil Engineering and include classrooms, laboratories, and computer centers devoted exclusively to the department.
Fawick Hall is just one of many beautiful, outstanding facilities on the campus in Angola, Ind. There is also a state-of-the-art Computer Center.