The capstone design project for engineering students is a culminating experience. At this institution, the senior capstone experience also requires construction of what is designed. This approach forces engineering students to see a project from beginning to end, from concept and design through construction. Like engineering and construction companies that compete for jobs through a competitive bid process, the National Steel Bridge Competition can be used as a capstone experience that challenges civil engineering students by having them compete against engineering students from other schools. This paper examines the successes and significant challenges from the student and faculty perspective of having the National Steel Bridge Competition as a senior design and construction capstone experience.
Western Kentucky University