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Many of AISC's initiatives have been built on the help of our volunteers, and the Student Steel Bridge Competition is no exception. Volunteers are critical to the success of each Competition event. For professionals looking to give back and contribute to the future of their field, this is an easy yet important way to make a big impact on students and the experience they carry forward into their careers.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Competition looks much different this year as students will be competing virtually from their local campus. However, we still need volunteers to serve as Supplemental Competition Judges, Compete from Campus Aesthetics Judges, and Compete from Campus Head Judges. Below is more information about each role, including the required qualifications, time commitment, and any training that will be provided by AISC.
We have met the needs for the Supplemental Competition Judges and the Compete from Campus Aesthetics Judges. AISC will be reaching out soon to confirm position assignments and to provide additional information. However, we are still looking for Compete from Campus Head Judges. Below is a list of schools that are in need. If there is a school local to your area, please reach out to them directly.
Compete from Campus Head Judges (In-person)
Each team participating in the Compete from Campus option must find a local volunteer to serve as campus Head Judge. If a team is struggling to find a local Head Judge, teams will contact AISC to request assistance. AISC will post the team’s request and the captain’s contact information below. If you see a team that is local to you, contact them to volunteer your time!
Head Judges may be professors, local engineers, steel fabricators, or others familiar with the competition rules. The judges can be affiliated with the team’s school but cannot be a member of the SSBC team. The team’s faculty advisor may serve as a judge only if all other options have been exhausted.
The Head Judge position is expected to require the following time commitment:
Review of rules and guidelines (~2 hours)
Pre-competition planning with team (~2 hours)
AISC-hosted online training session for judges (1 hour)
On-campus competition facilitation (~5 hours)
Judges are asked to attend an online training session hosted by AISC. This virtual training session is for volunteers who will be serving as judges for the SSBC: Compete From Campus events. The SSBC National Head Judges walk through the roles and expectations, provide an overview of the Compete from Campus Guidelines, and outline the requirements for a safe and fair competition. View the webinar recording here.
Schools in Need:
(school name, team role, name & email)
Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, WI), Team Captain: Matt Jancosek (email@example.com)
Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), Faculty Advisor: Matthew Hebdon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aesthetics Judges for Compete from Campus (Virtual)
As part the Compete from Campus option, Aesthetics will be judged on the bridge’s appearance and the poster describing the design of the bridge. Each team must electronically submit photos of their bridge in its as-built state, as well as a PDF file of the poster. Judging for Aesthetics will be completed by a panel of judges who will evaluate all of the bridges in a given region.
Aesthetics Judges may be engineers, steel fabricators, professors, or others familiar with the competition rules. Ideal volunteers are those who have previously participated in the SSBC and/or served as a judge.
This volunteer commitment is completely virtual. AISC will distribute all files, instructions, and evaluation forms electronically. The Aesthetics Judge position is expected to require the following time commitment:
Review the rules and guidelines (~1 hour)
Evaluate submissions (~2-6 hours, depending on region size)
The Supplemental Competition judges will have one week to complete the evaluations. The entries will be made available by Monday, April 5, 2021. All evaluations will need to be completed by Monday, April 12, 2021.
Supplemental Competition Judges (Virtual)
Teams participating in the Supplemental Competition must submit a written report that describes the design, analysis, and construction sequencing for their bridge. Each report will be a maximum of 15 pages of text (not including appendices for figures, tables, and calculations). Teams must also submit a 10-minute video that summarizes the design, analysis, and construction aspects of the bridge.
In order to evaluate the entries, the Supplemental Competition judges will be required to read written engineering reports and review engineering calculations. Therefore, Supplemental Competition Judges should have a structural engineering background (although licensure is not required). Previous experience and familiarity with the SSBC is ideal but not required.
This volunteer commitment is completely virtual. AISC will distribute all files, instructions, and evaluation forms electronically. The Supplemental Competition judge position is expected to require the following time commitment:
Review of rules (~2 hours)
AISC-hosted online training session for judges (1 hour)
Evaluate submissions (8-12 hours)
The Supplemental Competition judges will have approximately three weeks to complete the evaluations. The entries will be made available by Friday, March 5, 2021. All evaluations will need to be completed by Monday, March 29, 2021.
Judges will be asked to attend an online training session hosted by AISC in early March. The Chair of the SSBC Rules Committee will provide an overview of the Supplemental Competition Rules and walk you through the role and expectations.