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Influencing Today for a Better Tomorrow

Influencing Today for a Better Tomorrow

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    Gene Martineau at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, one of the four CIM colleges.

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    Thor Becken's family founded Cemstone in 1927.

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    Bill Holden has helped masonry make inroads in Gulf Coast reconstruction.

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    Sidney Freedman is a leading authority on architectural precast concrete.

The Committee On National Concrete Canoe Competitions (CNCCC), American Society of Civil Engineers

Student organizations of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) began building and racing concrete canoes at local and regional events in the early 1970s. Recognizing how the canoe construction process can cement students to the concrete industry for life, ASCE established a national competition in the summer of 1988, with BASF Construction Chemicals agreeing to serve as the sole corporate sponsor.

For more than 20 years, a dedicated group of volunteers has carefully steered this competition by serving on the ASCE Committee on National Concrete Canoe Competitions (CNCCC). Their governing efforts have resulted in a uniform set of rules and regulations for the thousands of students and faculty advisors who participate.

It's fair to say that practically every of one our nation's civil engineers has been exposed to the concept of a floating canoe. For most, the competition has cast a healthy respect for concrete as a versatile building material.

Through the CNCCC, each competition has resulted in a learning experience that continually challenges students to apply traditional engineering principles in designing and building the concrete canoe.

Most members of CNCCC have participated in the competition while in college. Now, they bring their professional experience to the learning process as they continually evaluate and update the contest rules each year. With these contest updates, the CNCCC has introduced new concrete technologies, such as fibers, carbon reinforcement, and decorative stains to students.

CNCCC members also serve as mentors and are examples of service and commitment. And while their actions are directed toward the students who participate, the CNCCC has adopted loftier objectives:

  • Providing civil engineering students an opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience and leadership skills by working with concrete mix designs and project management.
  • Highlighting innovative and emerging concrete technologies and applications among civil engineering students, educators, and practitioners, as well as the concrete industry.
  • Building awareness of the versatility and durability of concrete as a construction material among civil engineering students, educators, and practitioners, as well as the general public.
  • Educating opinion makers and the public that civil engineering is a dynamic and innovative profession essential to society.
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