Good afternoon, Illinois CEE graduate students – on behalf of CEE Associate Head Professor Jim LaFave, I am writing to you about an opportunity for some of you to get involved in an important upcoming activity here in the department.
At the end of this month, we will be hosting the AISC / ASCE National Student Steel Bridge Competition (https://www.aisc.org/education/university-programs/student-steel-bridge-...). The NSSBC will be held over part of Memorial Day weekend – on May 25th & May 26th, in particular. This competition will welcome 40+ student teams from across the country, with more than 500 attendees in total, and so it is a fairly big deal for us to be able to host this event!
On the other hand, an event of this scale requires a substantial number of judges, bridge marshals, and other volunteers in order to ensure that it will run smoothly. Our event’s organizing committee & ASCE student chapter have both been aggressively recruiting volunteers to help out with various aspects of the competition. While quite a few engineering professionals have graciously agreed to donate their time to help us out, we haven’t gotten as many student volunteers as we had hoped for, in part because the competition is occurring a couple weeks after final exams are over with, which is a time when many of our CEE undergraduates have already left town for their summer internships & the like.
So, with that in mind, perhaps a few of you might be good candidates to help out in some way with this, as a number of you may still be here in town even after the spring semester is over with. Therefore, if any of you are interested then please make that known ASAP by registering to help via the link provided here below:
The organizers will then get in touch with you about next steps. No prior experience is necessary, and all volunteers will be well-trained about exactly what it is that they’ll need to do to help, and they’ll also get a T-shirt and some meals in exchange for their efforts, plus the chance to interact with some of the visiting engineering practitioners who are serving as judges for the competition. I realize that this is a very busy time of the year, but we’d really appreciate it if you would consider helping out. Thanks so much for your consideration – take care, and have a great last day of final exam week!