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March 31, 2011


Building bridges for rewards

bridge winThe Mulvane Math and Science Club is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s West Point
bridge contest. Students use a virtual bridge design software and select the appropriate materials and schemes to design and build a load-bearing bridge for the lowest cost.


Josh Mahan, placing first, with a bridge costing $160,328.19, won a ukulele. Second place went to Mark Janzen, bridge cost of $171,367.07, who won a microscope. Jon Brooks came in third with a bridge costing $175,712.77. He won a catfish pole. All prizes were provided by Uwe Conrad, faculty sponsor of the Mulvane Math and Science Club.  

Founded in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point was the first school in the U.S. to offer a formal program of instruction in engineering. During the first half of the 19th century, civil engineering was the foundation of the West Point curriculum. Academy graduates of that era designed and built many of the young nation's railroads, bridges, harbors, and roads. This contest commemorates West Point's engineering heritage and its role in developing the nation's infrastructure. In its tenth year, the purpose of the contest is to provide students with a realistic, engaging approach to engineering. The contest is a service to education and serves as a tribute to the Academy's two hundred years of service to the United States of America.