Each year, UC San Diego competes in a National Concrete Canoe Competition. Hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the competition challenges students to design and build a lightweight, 20ft long canoe entirely out of concrete. A set of prescribed rules governs the design of the concrete and all other aspects of the competition. Students are given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class to design and analyze the canoe, using programs such as Solidworks and SAP2000. They also gain hands-on experience by mixing and testing concrete, constructing the mold and reinforcement systems, and ultimately fabricating the competition canoe.
UC San Diego competes against other schools in a regional conference, the Pacific Southwest Conference. There are many other competitions throughout the United States and around the world. At conference, the project is judged in four categories: aesthetics, canoe races, an oral presentation, and a technical paper. The top teams move onto the national competition where they compete against the other regional winners.
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Project Manager - Nick Patel
Project Manager - Mariana Pichardo
Construction Lead: Zak Wambaugh
Mix Lead: Brian Chen
Technical Lead: Mackenzie Brown
Aesthetics Lead: Anny Aslanian
Competition Lead: Molly Pobiel
Safety Lead (Mix): Calvin Cheng
Safety Lead (Construction): Zhen Li
Finance Lead: Tanya Carrazco