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Concrete canoe contest floats her boat

Students get creative at ASCE's 28th design-build-race competition

Payne and canoe

ASCE's Leslie Payne measures a canoe built by students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
Photo: American Society of Civil Engineers

June 25, 2015
By Lori Sharn

A summer weekend spent with hundreds of engineers might sound boring to some people, but not to Leslie Payne—and especially not when the “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering” is at stake.

Payne, as the director of student and younger member programs at the American Society of Civil Engineers, is the staff lead for the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. Students from 22 colleges converged at Clemson University in South Carolina June 20-22 for the finals.

“The teams were awesome,” Payne said after races ended June 22, with scores so close that everyone was in suspense until the banquet that evening. Overall winner this year: University of Florida and its canoe Forever Glades.