Project Work

The two-year long Junior-Senior Project Experience is a highlight of the engineering program at James Madison University (JMU), and Iā€™m motivated to recruit teams of engineering students who are interested in the following project work:

Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) Team

  • The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) jointly run the regional and national Student Steel Bridge Competitions. Students are tasked with rapid construction of pre-fabricated steel members that must be optimized for stiffness, lightness, construction speed, aesthetics, structural efficiency, and economy. Assembled bridges can measure upwards of 22-feet long! Learn more about Steel Bridge by clicking this link. You can learn more about the JMU Engineering Steel Bridge Team by contacting the faculty advisor, Dr. Castaneda. Additionally, you can reach out to the JMU Engineering Steel Bridge Team via and/or follow them on Instagram.

Bridges over Mossy Creek Teams

  • This collaborative project leverages a timely opportunity to join a community’s efforts in rebuilding pedestrian foot bridges that were washed out in historic flooding in 2018. Three teams of students, faculty, and community stakeholders will reclaim and repurpose washed out materials in the design and construction of a new signature bridge, which will highlight material sustainability and resiliency against future flooding. Advised by Drs. Daniel Castaneda, Heather Kirkvold (JMU), and Brad Striebig (JMU). Check out the three teams’ blogs:

Other Possible Projects

  • Concrete Canoe Team Competition ā€“ In 1970, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University built full-scale canoes made out of concrete ā€” and competitively raced them in open water! The National Concrete Canoe Competition has since grown to include Regional and National competitions that span the globe. Learn more about Concrete Canoe by clicking this link. Approximately 10-15 students are required to support this inaugural project.

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