Overall Team Description

The Michigan Technological University Steel Bridge Team is a multidisciplinary group of students in the Houghton, MI area that have a passion for applying class related material to real life situations. The team designs, fabricates,and constructs a scale-model bridge based on various sets of standards put forth by ASCE and AISC (which change each year). The goal of competition is to optimize weight, deflection, and build time while designing an aesthetically pleasing bridge and then competing at regional and national levels. Steel Bridge is a fun way to get exposed to advanced software, hands-on skills, and open ended problem solving.

In order to advance to the national competition, the team must place either 1st or 2nd at the regional competition. Michigan Tech is a part of the North Central Region and competes against teams such as University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ohio Northern University, Lawrence Technological University, Western Michigan University and Wayne State University. The team typically receives a ranking at regional competition that allows the team to advance to the national level. The Michigan Tech Steel Bridge Team has now been a top contender at the National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) three years in a row and current members of the team hope to continue the great success that we have had over the past years into the coming school year. The team faces engineering departments from schools such as MIT and University of California, Berkeley at the national level. Please see our results page to view our past performances.

The Michigan Tech Steel Bridge Team earned 1st place overall at the 2017 North Central Regional Competition, allowing them to continue to the national competition. The team placed 1st Lightness, Stiffness, and Efficiency and 2nd in all other categories. The hard work that many individuals put into the team throughout the school year was then validated at Oregon State University, hosts of the 2017 NSSBC. After some improvements to the bridge and construction methodology, the Michigan Tech Steel Bridge Team obtained a 12th place overall finish over 43 schools from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China. The team had also fabricated and designed the fifth stiffest bridge in the country, and hopes to continue to excel at such a high level of competition.

Updated: September 26th, 2017