University Programs

Student Steel Bridge Competition - National Finals

The Student Steel Bridge Competition team from Lafayette College successfully defended their national title in Carbondale, Ill.

The team from the Easton, Penn.-based school came out on top for the second year in a row as 41 teams from the country's top engineering programs met to determine the winner of the 2019 competition.

Big thanks to Southern Illinois University for hosting the competition in grand style, complete with an appearance from Big Al, a retired racing camel, to round out the event's "Engineer Like an Egyptian" theme.

And, of course, congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's competition! We'll see you next year at the 2020 SSBC National Finals hosted by Virginia Tech on May 22-23, 2020. 


 SSBC - National Finals Winners

1st Place Lafayette College
2nd Place University of Florida
3rd Place Youngstown State University
Construction Speed  
1st Place Lafayette College
2nd Place University at Buffalo
3rd Place SUNY Canton
1st Place Drexel University
2nd Place The College of New Jersey
3rd Place University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
1st Place Lafayette College
2nd Place University of Florida
3rd Place SUNY Canton
1st Place Arkansas State University
2nd Place University of Colorado Denver
3rd Place Clarkson University
Construction Economy  
1st Place Lafayette College
2nd Place Youngstown State University
3rd Place University of Florida
Structural Efficiency  
1st Place Lafayette College
2nd Place University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
3rd Place University of Alaska Fairbanks
Special Awards  

Frank J. Hatfield
Ingenuity Award

Rules Committee comments:

University of Alaska Anchorage

"The University of Alaska Anchorage team had a unique and innovative design and construction process to address this year's asymmetric bridge requirement."

Robert E. Shaw, Jr. Spirit of the Competition Award

Rules Committee comments:

Purdue Northwest

"The Purdue Northwest team displayed tremendous respect and professionalism during the competition and had a positive attitude in the face of adversity."



Top finishers at the 2019 Regional Events qualified to compete at the 2019 National Finals, which were held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale May 31 - June 1. 

 Visit the National Finals Website!


Team Funding for the National Finals

Invitations to the National Finals are extended to the top performing teams at each Regional Event.  (See Section 4 of the Rules for specifics on eligibility.)  Each team that qualifies for the National Finals receives $500 from AISC.  This funding is provided in the form of a check and is presented at the Captains' Meeting at the National Finals.

Funding for the National Finals Host School

AISC provides additional funding and support to the host school of the National Finals.