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Engineering students design region's best concrete canoe

Lightweight, prestressed concrete

Student engineers' innovative concrete canoe wins region honors.

By Tanner Kent, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 5/9/2011]

Of course it floats.

The 270-pound marvel of concrete engineering was built, after all, by students in Minnesota State Mankato's civil engineering program.

And not only that, this baby is a competition winner. Best in show, if you will. Except, in this case, it’s best in design.

“We have some pretty big innovations this year,” said Minnesota State Mankato junior Shelby Sovell.

Since 2004, student members of Minnesota State Mankato's chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers have competed in the National Concrete Canoe Competition.

And typically, they’ve competed without much luck.

Concrete canoe in Lyon's Lake with engineering students

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