To the Times of Ti:
National Engineers Week is Feb. 16-22, which celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike. Our community knows all too well, how engineers play a critical role in our society’s infrastructure, after the closing of the Champlain Bridge.
I’d like to bring attention to a very successful local event that highlights engineering principles and skills to young students. The seventh annual Ticonderoga School Student Model Bridge Competition was held on Dec. 14. It was sponsored by the Ticonderoga Kiwanis Club. Students from the Ticonderoga Middle School, Ticonderoga High School, St. Mary’s School and Crown Point School participated in the event. Numerous local businesses, like Reale Construction, Denton Publications and D.A. Collins, sponsor this event because they recognize the great opportunity for our children to have an interest in science and math.
Over the years of the event, the students continue to learn from each other, designing and building stronger bridges. The middle school students build model bridges out of popsicle sticks during a 1-1/2 hour time limit and then load the bridge until it fails. Eight of the 13 bridges carried over 50 pounds. The number of teams participating continues to increase, while the results of the loads that their bridges carry continues to improve as well.
This year, 12 high school teams constructed bridges out of balsam wood. The winning balsam wood bridge carried a 145-pound load.
This event would never happen without all of the dedicated volunteers from the Ticonderoga Kiwanis, members of the Ticonderoga Teachers Association and all the teachers who volunteered. A very big thank you goes to Graham Bailey, an engineer, who had the vision for the event and the commitment to make sure the event happens year after year.
If your child is considering a career, think of this. The average engineer’s salary in 2011 was $99,738. Students graduating with an engineering degree from college were among the highest paid in the class of 2013, averaging a $62,000 annual salary.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the field of engineering is expected to grow by 10 percent in the next 10 years. Engineering graduates experience a much more favorable job market because there is such a demand for engineers and it will only continue with a growing global population and dwindling resources.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)–Mohawk-Hudson Section does offer a four-year, $1,000 per year, scholarship to a graduating senior that intends to enroll in an educational institution majoring in civil engineering. Information on the scholarship has been sent to local high school guidance departments. Schools are encouraged to submit more than one application per school.
The Mohawk-Hudson Section encompasses much of eastern upstate New York. Over the years, numerous local students have won this award and have gone on to pursue careers in civil engineering. The deadline for this scholarship is typically in April. For more details on the scholarship or a copy of the application, please go to http://www.ascemohawkhudson.org.
Our firm is very proud to be sponsor of the local bridge competition as we celebrate Engineers Week!
Anthony W. DeFranco, PE, M.ASCE
Past President-ASCE Mohawk-Hudson Section
Past Co-Chair-Capital District Engineers Week Celebration