Matthew Crispi is a Civil Engineering student at Tennessee Tech University. Matthew participated in the ACE Mentor program here in the Nashville area. Here is an update Matthew sent us:
I got back from ASCE Student Conference in Boca Raton last night and wanted to tell you about the competitions I got to compete in and the projects I’ve been working on here at Tennessee Tech. I joined the ASCE Steel Bridge team and got to fabricate the whole bridge. Our program has struggled for the past couple years, but we feel our design this year was a really strong base model to go off of for the next couple years and we’ve made it our goal to make it to nationals within 2 years. Our build team did a good job in the build competition, but the bridge was disqualified because it failed lateral deflection at the cantilever by about 1/100 of an inch. It was a little disappointing, but we know exactly what to do to fix it and some of our members are planning to stay in Cookeville over summer and do some testing on different ideas.
I also did the theme display competition by myself as a side project, and I won 3rd place for it, which was really exciting. I attached some pictures I took from conference. There should be more professional pictures published and I will send them when I find out when and where they will be posted.
I hope your current ACE project is going well and that you have a great presentation at this year’s banquet. Let all the other mentors know I said hi.
Below are photos of several woman leaders in the Nashville, TN construction world. We appreciate the work and leadership provided by these women and all who work in the Construction marketplace.
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) will celebrate Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 5-11, 2017. NAWIC’s mission is to enhance the success of women in the construction industry.
“The National Association of Women in Construction is committed to enhancing the success of all women in construction – not just those who are NAWIC members,” says Sandy Field, the immediate past-president of NAWIC. “We accomplish this through educational opportunities, networking, and community/industry service projects. If you are a woman employed in any area of the construction industry, we welcome you to join us!”
The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.
“While there are more than one million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately ten percent of the construction workforce. These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” says Field. “’Women in Construction Week’ is simply a time set aside to thank those women for all their efforts toward successful construction projects. WIC Week will also bring attention to the industry and encourage others to realize that construction is a viable, profitable career field.”