UC San Diego’s Concrete Canoe team competes every year in the National Concrete Canoe Competition hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The competition challenges students to design and build a lightweight, 20-foot long canoe out of concrete. A set of prescribed rules governs the design of the concrete and all other aspects of the competition. Students apply what they have learned in class and from other students to design and analyze the canoe, using programs such as Solidworks and SAP2000. They also gain hands-on experience by mixing and testing concrete, constructing the mold and reinforcement systems, applying the aesthetic designs, and ultimately fabricating the competition canoe.

The team competes against 17 other schools in the Pacific Southwest Conference. At PSWC, each team is judged in four categories: aesthetics, canoe races, an oral presentation, and a technical paper. The top teams move on to the national competition where they compete against other regional winners.

2016-2017 Concrete Canoe Leads:
  • Project Manager - Anny Aslanian
  • Project Manager - Zak Wambaugh
  • Construction Lead: Molly Pobiel
  • Construction Quality Control: Raquel Balboa
  • Mix Lead: Kevin Dang
  • Technical Lead: Sara Masjedi
  • Aesthetics Co-Leads: Madison Williams and Nancy Nguyen
  • Competition Lead: Liam Brown
  • Finance Lead: Paing (Lin) Tun

  • Sponsors:
  • A&A Associated Ready Mixed Concrete Inc.
  • American Concrete Institute
  • BASF
  • Border Construction Specialties
  • Campland on the Bay
  • Crumb Rubber Manufacturers (CRM)
  • Elkem Materials
  • Euclid Chemical Company
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Hamilton Sundstrand
  • Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group
  • Hope-Amundson Inc.
  • Pacific Coast Steel
  • Pacific Rigging Loft Inc.
  • Sika Corporation
  • Structural Group
  • TB Penick & Sons
  • Turner Construction
  • Utelite Corporation
  • Westcoat Speciaty Coatings Systems
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