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A team of Missouri S&T civil engineering students finished third in the nation in a “big beam” competition, marking the university’s highest placement in the competition’s 15-year history.
The annual collegiate competition is sponsored by Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI).Teams design an 18-foot-long, pre-stressed and pre-cast concrete beam, which is then tested and evaluated for predicted structural behavior, including member strength, cracking load, section ductility and cost. Student teams fabricate the beams with the help of PCI producer members, which for S&T was Coreslab Structures of Marshall, Missouri.
The team consists of graduate students Eli Hernandez and Hayder Alghazali. Dr. John Myers, professor of civil engineering and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering and Computing, is the team’s advisor.