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Tandon undergrads advance to nationals for smartly engineered projects

Forget debate club, these undergrads built a bridge in 18 minutes and a canoe made out of concrete.

Two NYU Tandon School of Engineering teams are advancing to the national finals in their respective competitions this month after assembling some cleverly designed projects.

Listening to Julia Langewis, co-captain of the school’s Steel Bridge Competition team, can put one at ease when thinking about the future of our nation’s infrastructure.

“There are certain height specs in the competition,” she said. “[The bridge can be] a maximum of five feet tall and each piece has to be three feet [long]. It has to support a static load of 2,400 pounds and we’re judged on how fast it takes to assemble, how much your bridge moves and how many builders you had.”

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