Concrete Canoe Team Qualifies for National Contest

MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Florida Institute of Technology student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) concrete canoe team has qualified for
the 21st Annual 2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition. It will be held at Ècole de Technologie Supèrieure in Montreal, Canada, June 19-21.

The 2008 team designed the blue and red Double Take. Team Captain Joseph Morrissey, who will graduate in December, led the group to a second-place finish
in the Southeast, behind the University of Florida. Other team members include seniors Yerniree Chin Fong, Jaime Hogan and Jeremy Crowe, juniors Joanna Dip
and Kelsey McGinnis (Satellite High School graduate), sophomore Troy Dudich and freshman Mike Matern.

Noted below is how other Florida Tech teams fared in competitions at the ASCE southeast regional student conference held in Orlando.
The steel bridge won first place in the aesthetics category; the student design paper finished second by just 0.33 out of 100 points (90.33 vs. 90.00); the
presentation team finished second; the canoe “judged as a product” took second place; and the seven paddlers finished second in each of the five races.

In the 21 years of the ASCE’s national competition, Florida Tech is the only private university to win first in the nation (1997), place in the top five
(third in 2000, fourth in 1998) and host the event (1999). Also unusual for the Florida Tech team is that it includes freshman and sophomores.

Florida Tech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in civil engineering.

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