Matthew is an alum of the Greater Nashville area ACE Mentor program and he recently sent us this update about how things are going.
If you know of other alums of our program, let them know we want to keep in touch and share their updates also.
Over the summer, I worked as an intern at Collier Engineering, a civil engineering firm in Brentwood. While there I did a variety of work and it was a great experience for me and my fellow interns.
I was elected to be the fundraising chair for the Tennessee Tech ASCE chapter at the end of last year, so I’ve been in charge of raising money for our chapter. I recently finished writing a sponsorship proposal to send to TTU alumni and engineering firms in order to gain sponsors.
The steel bridge is coming along smoothly this year. Our design is very strong and I think we stand a good chance for the competition coming up in March. We have our entire team from last year as well as some new members to help speed up the fabrication process, which has given us a boost regarding time constraints.
As you can tell, the past few months have been really busy for me and I’m excited for what’s to come over the rest of the year. Best wishes to all of those involved with the ACE Mentor program.
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.