Tarleton Students Take 3rd in SAMPE Bridge Building Competition

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STEPHENVILLE — Two engineering technology students from Tarleton State University took third place in the bridge competition at the recent Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2022 conference in Charlotte, NC.

Jose Gonzalez and Rudy Rodriguez finished third in the sandwich beam category, beating teams from UT Knoxville, McGill, UCLA and the University of Washington.

Tarleton Engineering Technology students Jose Gonzalez and Rudy Rodriguez were awarded third place in the sandwich beam category of the bridge competition at the recent Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2022 conference in Charlotte, NC.

Bridges had to be at least 24 inches long and no more than four inches wide or deep. Each team provided a poster describing its design.

Two current and two former Tarleton engineering technology students won the SAMPE International University Leadership Experience Award in 2020. Taylor Parillo, Mackenzie Maxwell, Meredith Graber and Nathan Wall won in 2020, but the pandemic stalled the SAMPE conferences until this year. Parillo, Maxwell and Graber attended the ’22 event.

The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering is a global professional member society that enhances educational opportunities by delivering information on new and advanced materials and processing technology via conferences, exhibitions, technical forums and publications. As the only technical society encompassing all fields of endeavor in materials and processes, SAMPE provides a unique forum for scientists, engineers and academicians.

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