Competitions

Whatever floats their boat: Cal team designs canoe of concrete

Concrete canoe team carrying their boat

3/27/2014 California magazine - Fish got to swim, birds got to fly, and engineering students got to do wild and wacky things -- like designing, building, and racing canoes made of concrete. And nowhere do they do it better than at Berkeley Engineering, where civil engineering students are working overtime getting this year’s canoe, Calamari, ready for the Mid-Pacific Regional Conference in early April.

Solar car team works into the night months before next race

11/21/2013 Daily Californian - The CalSol team has been hard at work — including nights and football weekends — getting Zephyr, their latest solar-powered car, ready for the July 2014 American Solar Challenge race from Texas to Minnesota.

Go Bears!

5/13/2013 - As engineers we compete. New ideas, technologies and solutions come about only if we act as their champion. Sometimes the difference between an idea being realized or being left to wither in the planning phases can be a competitive spark that makes us want to improve things. As I take stock of the 2012–13 academic year, I am again impressed by the achievements of our students—and by their competitive nature.

Sink or swim

2/7/2013 - To test new modeling software from DARPA, teams of students from mechanical engineering professor Homayoon Kazerooni’s ME 102B mechatronics design class spent months building a fleet of amphibious vehicles, along with other inventions and novel devices. Then in early December, they put their creations to the test on the soggy volleyball court behind Soda Hall — with splashy results.

Fabricating the ApoCALypse

Student welding steel bridge component

11/1/2012 CEE Steel Bridge team competed against 600 students from 47 engineering schools in May 2012 to win the national title.

Olympic-caliber engineer

11/1/2012 Olympic rower and mechanical engineering student Olivier Siegelaar relates his experiences as an Olympian and student-athlete.

The year of the ApoCALypse: Steel Bridge Team wins nationals

6/26/2012 - Berkeley’s Steel Bridge Team, based in the civil and environmental engineering department, won the 2012 national steel bridge title on May 25 and 26. Roughly 600 students from 47 engineering schools from across the country gathered to compete and test their steel structure design, fabrication and construction skills during this year’s competition at Clemson University.

UC Berkeley Steel Bridge Team takes first place at Nationals

5/31/2012 - The CEE Steel Bridge team and their entry, ApoCALypse, took first overall at the 2012 ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition held at Clemson University, South Carolina over the Memorial Day weekend. "We held our breath when they announced third place (Cal Poly), and when MIT got second, we started cheering like crazy--for them--and for us, because we knew we were first," said Sabrina Odah, bridge project manager.

Rowing on to nationals

4/17/2012 - Student engineers from more than a dozen western universities gathered in late March for a weekend of ambitious civil and environmental engineering competitions. Berkeley was the host campus for this year’s Mid-Pacific Regional Conference, put on by the American Society of Civil Engineers. At Quarry Lakes in Fremont, concrete canoe teams raced in heats. Berkeley’s team, aboard their new canoe GraffiCal 2.0, came in second place. Along with first-place winner University of Nevada, Reno, Berkeley advances to the 25th annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in Reno in mid-June.

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