Student teams from 14 colleges and universities will participate in the New England Regional Steel Bridge Competition this Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Johnson Athletic Center. The competition is hosted by MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and sponsored and run by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Each team must create an original design for an approximately 20-foot bridge that can be constructed quickly; the top teams usually construct their bridges in less than 10 minutes. Bridges are created for a hypothetical site whose requirements change each year. Teams are judged on a combination of elements, including bridge design and weight, its ability to withstand a 2,500-pound load without sagging, team construction speed and number of builders. The MIT team has placed in the top three at each of the past six regional competitions. The event is open to the public.