Students compete for best bridge design

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Armed only with glue, wood and imagination students descended on Youngstown State University Friday to see who could build the best bridge.

Nearly 100 students from 16 schools competed in the 7th annual Mahoning Valley Bridge Building competition.

Though it looked like fun and games, Scott Martin, professor and chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering, said the ability to design has real-world applications.

“There’s a steady demand for civil engineers in professional practice,” said Martin. “We’re seeing a big increase in the demand for civil engineers in association with the oil and gas drilling activity.”

Martin said the students have free reign in planning their bridges and often come up with very creative designs.

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