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Last at Regional
U. of TN - Knoxville
P: David Peigler
VP: Lance Moore
S/T: Mark Peterson
P: Ronica Fisk (currently Ondocsin)
VP: Mark Peterson
Dr. Bill Kane
Dr. John Gilbert
Mr. David Pope
Synopsis: "Humongous" was the first concrete canoe
ever built by UAH. It was 12' long and weighed approximately 450 lbs.
Our concrete (140
lb/ft3; 1,850 psi) was placed over a chicken wire mesh.
We finished last overall at the Southeast regional conference but won two second place trophies for racing the concrete canoe.
Rules dictated that
the 450 pound giant be carried to the water by a maximum of 4 persons.
We used stone age technology to build "Humongous."
The boat was placed over
a crude plywood mold. Staples, used to hold the reinforcement in
place, took their toll on the crew’s knees at the regional races.
We finished last overall but
won two second place trophies for racing the canoe. Not expecting to
attend, the team went to the formal banquet in shorts and t-shirts.
Humongous was built when our civil engineering program was still offered
as a stem through the mechanical engineering department. Back
then, the program consisted of eight students and two faculty. One of
our faculty, Dr. Bill Kane, on the right in the above photograph, decided to accept a position at the
University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The other, Dr. John A.
Gilbert, on the right in the first two photographs, continues to serve as our
faculty advisor. Dr. Gilbert's wife, now Dr. Kate Leonard, but a
doctoral student then, was also instrumental in building the ASCE
student organization at UAH. Drs. Gilbert and Kane won one of our
first two trophies for placing second in the faculty race.
Since the civil engineering program lacked the resources to be
accredited by ABET, the organization was chartered as a club.
We participated at
the Southeast Regional Conference as a courtesy, by invitation of our sister
chapters in the region. The trophies won in 1986 were the first
secured by any engineering student organization at UAH. Amazingly, all eight
civil engineering students joined the club. Percentage
participation was never that good again!
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