Cold-Formed Steel Design Student Competition swept by CEE students

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December 16, 2013

In its third year of competition the 2013 International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design (CFS Design Student Competition) announced the winners this week.  The Via department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is proud to announce that two of the top three winners were from our department and five of the top ten overall.  The mission of the International Student Competition on Cold-Framed Steel Design is to promote higher education in cold-formed steel structural design and to encourage students to use creative thinking skills to solve engineering problems.  Cold-formed steel is the common term for products made by rolling or pressing thin gauges of sheet steel into goods.  The working of sheet steel using stamping, rolling, or presses to deform the sheet into a usable product creates cold-formed steel goods such as for use in construction.

The National Science Foundation, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute and the University of North Texas sponsored the competition.  The event was open to all full-time students at any level and students were required to work on the problem individually, no team solutions were accepted.  Professors from around the world judged the submissions and selected the winners this week.  The monetary awards were pretty substantial with first place receiving $700, second receiving $350 and third place walking away with $200.  Each of the top ten students was awarded with a one-year membership to Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute.

The competition was to design an open section shape for an 8-inch deep, 25-ft long flexural member, which provides an adequate nominal bending strength and utilizes the least possible material.  Junle Cai (pictured on the left) was awarded first place and Yu Gao followed with third.  Jianli Chen (pictured below) placed fourth and Jingyao Li was ninth with Lucas Cotterell in tenth.  Four Virginia Tech students were in the top ten out of fifty-five entries from eight universities worldwide, which is a wonderful accomplishment for the students, department and university as a whole, congratulations.  All of these students were in Professor Cris Moen’s Stability of Structures class in spring 2013.