CAECM Students Continue to Build Upon a Winning Tradition

By:     Staci Jones   
Date:  April 7, 2017

University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) student teams have been dominating all year by placing at both national and regional construction competitions.

CEAS OCA Heavy Civil Estimating Competition team takes 1st place.

CEAS OCA Heavy Civil Estimating Competition team takes 1st place.

At the Ohio Contractors Association Heavy Civil Estimating Competition, CEAS team of six students won 1st Place as they competed against construction management (CM) and civil engineering (CE) programs from across Ohio.

Mandy Albrecht, JD, CAECM assistant professor and faculty advisor, says that UC’s cooperative education program is what set our teams above their competition. She explains, “These competitions ask students to pretend they are a contractor bidding on a project, our students have actually been contractors bidding on projects in the real world, so they know what is expected.”

The team consisted of Kitty DiFalco, Alex Bruner, Alex Branscome, and Sheamus Togher, CE’18, and Blake Weekley, CM’18  and Kearstin O’Mara, CM’19.

CEAS Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) takes 1st place at the National Electrical Competition

CEAS Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) team takes 1st place at the National Electrical Competition.

Another CEAS team of six had a 1st place win at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) National Electrical Competition. This was the second time that the team competed in the national competition, “They won 2nd Place last year and wanted to come back to win 1st!” said Mandy.

Mandy states that another quality that sets CEAS students ahead of their opponents is their preparation for the competitions.

“UC hosts a low-key competition for freshmen and sophomores which gives them some experience presenting and working under pressure as underclassmen,” said Mandy, “So when they do these regional and national competitions, they excel.”

The team was coached by Jason Mack, CAECM assistant professor, and was comprised of students Rob Mullen, CM’17, Nick Smith and Sam Russell, CM’18, Matt Baker and John Lann, architectural engineering ’17, and Noah Berg, organizational management, who will graduate December 2017. 

In addition to the regional and national competition wins, the CEAS Construction Student Association (CSA) placed 2nd for the Associated General Contractors Outstanding Student Chapter Award. It was the first time that the group applied for the award. They were selected amongst nearly 200 Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) student chapters nationwide.

Dedicated student leadership, a variety of activities that appeal to and include students at all levels, volunteer activities, networking with industries, and a strong record of competition success are some of the things that Mandy says led the group to its win.

The CSA group has a membership of over 100 students and a leadership group of about twenty chairpersons.

The students who traveled to receive the award and speak at the AGC conference were; Mitch Hudepohl, CM’17 and CSA President, Alex Buchholz, CM’17 and CSA’s Construction Connections Chairperson, and Brendon Sexton, CM’17 and CSA’s AGC Chapter Chairperson.

Congratulations to CEAS CAECM teams on their outstanding work thus far.