The UC San Diego Steel Bridge team needs your support to travel to Blacksburg, Virginia to compete at the National Finals of the Student Steel Bridge Competition from May 27-28, 2022.
Our team has overcome significant challenges this year. Last September, the outlook was bleak: after a 2-year pandemic hiatus, no one knew how to weld, we had nowhere to fabricate, and no one on the team had ever built a bridge before. But through brutal and brutally fun 40+ hour weeks and incredible mentorship, we have built Bridget, our beloved 21-foot pink-colored monster of a bridge, and we have developed hands-on engineering and metalworking skills that will last our lifetimes.
Last weekend, we won the Pacific Southwest regional competition, building our bridge in 10 minutes and 40 seconds with a deflection of just .5” under the weight of a Toyota Corolla. This win earned us a spot to compete at nationals.
We are not resting. In the coming weeks, we are running another round of analysis, optimization, and fabrication. We are also conducting a modal analysis of our bridge using accelerometers to measure vibration and an impact hammer in order to experimentally determine modal properties and stiffness. Our goals are to reduce deflection from .5” to .35”, and drop construction time below 7 minutes. We are not just going to Nationals to compete - we are going to bring home the win for UC San Diego!
We need your help. The trip to Virginia Tech is expensive, totaling $16,000. The exact breakdown of the cost of the trip is on the next page. We are a 501c3 nonprofit, so donations are tax-deductible. We appreciate any help you can provide; every dollar we get is important to the team. Your support will help us compete at nationals and further our goal of educating well-rounded hands-on engineers.
Saul Chaplin, EIT
Structural Engineering, B.S., UCSD Class of 2023
Project Manager, UC San Diego Steel Bridge Team
Options to donate. There are three options to donate.
(1) Donate on this page through Go Fund Me.
(2) Donate to our Zelle account: [email redacted] Please specify that the donation is for Steel Bridge.
(3) Write a check to Society of Civil and Structural Engineers with "Steel Bridge Donation" in the memo. See blank check below. Mail the check to:
(4) Corporate support. We offer numerous benefits for companies that donate. These benefits include (1) social media promotional posts that reach our Instagram following of 200 engineering students (this is a great way to promote a job/internship position!), (2) A custom lazer-cut certificate of appreciation with our team picture (you bet we do the laser cutting ourselves!), and (3) your company logo on our award-winning poster board. Reach out to me at [email redacted] if you are interested. See our Sponsorship Proposal for details: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1q1FNwAKLchQwFa22URaNjcRbfQxE7EXB/view?usp=sharing
*Once you make your donation, please email me at [email redacted], and I will send you our W9 form and EIN.
View updated running total. We cannot manually change the running total on Go Fund Me to account the money we receive from grants, checks, Zelle, and our bake sales. To see our updated total funding reflecting these sources, visit our website at: https://scse.ucsd.edu/steel-bridge.html