Campus: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo -- May 25, 2001

Cal Poly Civil Engineers Named 'Most Outstanding' in U.S.

Cal Poly's Society of Civil Engineers has been named the nation's preeminent American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter: It has been awarded the 2000 Robert Ridgway Award, the national society's top student chapter honor.

Simultaneously, the group continued an unprecedented six-year streak by winning the student competition in engineering analysis and design at the recent ASCE Pacific Southwest Regional Conference. The Cal Poly club claimed first prize in the five most heavily weighted events.

The Ridgway Award, given annually to the most outstanding student chapter among the 240 in the country, was awarded to Cal Poly for its multitude of professional accomplishments and service to the community in 1999. The club's achievements last year included a first-place finish at the Pacific Southwest Regional Conference, third place in the National Steel-Bridge Competition, and seventh place at the National Concrete Canoe Competition.

Among its community service activities, the Cal Poly society built a playground at Bradley Elementary School, helped reconstruct local historical adobe buildings, and volunteered at the regional Special Olympics.

Chapter president Matt Moore said, "We've been a contender for the Ridgway Award throughout the '90s, including a win in 1993. Without the support of our faculty advisor, Gregg Fiegel, two years of work by dedicated officers and the continual involvement of our club members, we could not have achieved the level of excellence required to win this prestigious nationwide distinction."

This year's ASCE Southwest Regional contest was hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson in April. More than 60 Cal Poly students, all members of the Society of Civil Engineers, participated, along with student teams from 16 other universities from Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii.

Cal Poly won the steel bridge, concrete canoe, technical presentation, surveying, and concrete bowling categories. The steel bridge and concrete canoe teams will go on to national competitions at Texas A&M University and the Colorado School of Mines.

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