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UT Tyler 2012 Concrete Canoe Team Ranks Among Top 15 in Nation

June 25, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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The University of Texas at Tyler placed in the top 15 at this year’s American Society of Civil Engineering National Concrete Canoe Competition, Dr. James Nelson, College of Engineering and Computer Science dean, announced.

The UT Tyler ASCE student chapter advanced to nationals by winning the 2012 Texas-Mexico Regional Concrete Canoe Competition with their entry, “Ace in the Hull.”

Participants build canoes with concrete and are judged in four categories: technical design report, oral design presentation, canoe final product and racing.

At nationals, UT Tyler topped Clemson University, Oregon State University and Louisiana Tech University, among others.

“This year, the seniors worked hard to lead the team and set an example to our younger team members,” said UT Tyler junior Michael Lisk of Houston, who served as a team captain. “The teamwork allowed us to have fun and enjoy the project while being able to be competitive nationally. The year has brought a new excitement to the civil engineering department, and the up-and-coming team is looking forward to next year’s competitions.”

Other team captains were seniors Jeremy Orr of Mount Enterprise, Chris Wall of Marietta, Joseph Hornisher of Denton and Art Reilly of Tyler.

Other students representing UT Tyler were:

  • Seniors: Jared Kowis of Pearland, Michelle Holloman of Big Sandy, Neda Hosseiny of Dallas, Jennifer Moore of League City, Theodore Booth of Garland, Justin Nesmith of Wylie, Jesus Morteo of Pinehurst and Randy Taylor of Henderson.
  • Juniors: Jennifer King of Victoria, Alex McMillan of Palestine, James Mitchell of Overton, Austin Sparks of Mount Vernon, Marco Weidmer of Hallsville and Tyler Richards of Tyler.
  • Sophomores: Bobby Fuller of Longview and Erin Hostetler of Austin.

Currently serving more than 125 students, the UT Tyler Department of Civil Engineering offers both bachelor of science and master of science in civil engineering degrees.

For more information, call 903.566.7273.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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