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Librarian Jay Bhatt works with Drexel’s Concrete Canoe Team

Each year, students from the Drexel American Society of Civil Engineers [ASCE] student group compete in the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition, providing a practical application for what they learn in the classroom. Participating teams compete in four separate categories working to design, showcase, race and present their concrete canoe to judges.

The Canoe Competition process runs year-round. Twenty students work to write a paper and cast canoes as a part of the competition. This year's team members are currently in the testing and development phase. Liaison librarian for engineering, Jay Bhatt, is helping students with their design paper, guiding them to find new standards and other information resources.

Students on last year’s team won first place for the Best Design Paper. Concrete Canoe Project Manager, Charles Zebley said, “We completely rewrote the paper last year and Jay Bhatt was very helpful. He was able to acquire the standards we needed to test the concrete.”

In total, there are 18 conference competitions as part of the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. Teams that place first in one of the 18 regional competitions are invited to the national competition. To learn more about the competition, visit

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