What We Do
Every year our team of students designs, manufactures, and competes with a 1:10 scale model steel bridge. The entire project is managed and fabricated by students who do not receive any school class credit or scholarships in return; however, a great deal of knowledge and experience is gained by everyone involved. The team is comprised of determined and eager students who want to become involved in a competitive design-build project.
From concept to competition, all tasks are performed by members of the team, including designing, optimizing, drawing, detailing, locating and ordering material, fabricating, painting, assembling, and competing.
Joining the Steel Bridge Team has many benefits. Many freshmen have learned engineering concepts by fabricating and building the bridge before they have even taken the related classes. Every year, team members learn how to model the actual bridge, which is being built, and help to finalize steel sizes. This process gives each team member a better understanding of how the bridge is going to be constructed. Therefore, during fabrication, the team members can participate and give input in the decision-making of the final product. During the fabrication phase, team members have the opportunity to learn how to use shop machinery and participate in the construction process. The entire design-build process provides hands-on, practical experience involving real-world engineering issues that stress teamwork, innovation, safety, and professionalism.
Early involvement has great rewards. Please feel free to stop by any of our meetings to see what is going on. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any major; freshman are encouraged to come out as well. No experience is necessary and all are encouraged to join early!
You just have to be a UF student.