Members of the UAB chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers, are constructing a 20-foot concrete canoe to race against other universities on a slalom course during an ASCE competition in Tallahassee in March. The eight-foot model they tested recently quickly taught them navigating a concrete canoe is a metaphor for engineering itself.
It has been a few years since UAB entered the ASCE competition. Daniel Brown, the 2011 Alabama section ASCE Outstanding Student of the Year, spearheaded the return of the program this past year. He realized almost immediately they were up a creek without a paddle.

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