Over 350 students and faculty representing 14 universities from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee will be on campus for three days to compete in various events that are designed to test participants’ engineering skills and teamwork ability.
These events include concrete canoe racing, steel bridge building and surveying competitions as well as technical paper presentations, a mystery event and concrete bowling. Winners in these categories will then go on to compete at national ASCE conference competitions.
The conference kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the McNeese Recreational Complex with a concrete bowling competition. Concrete bowling balls designed by students must be used to bowl five frames without breaking.
On Friday, March 11, the public is invited to Prien Lake Park, which is the setting for the concrete canoe displays and races and surveying competition from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Canoe sprint races begin at 10 a.m. and endurance races will follow.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 in the Recreational Complex, the public can view the construction and weight testing of the steel bridges designed and fabricated by students competing in this contest.
An awards banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Lake Charles Civic Center to conclude the conference.
The last time McNeese hosted the regional conference was in 1986.