Five student teams from the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) Construction Management (CM), Civil Engineering (CVE), and Architectural Engineering (AE) Programs kicked off the Fall Semester by travelling to Chicago, IL to compete in four competitions at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 Conference. During the weekend-long event, students competed in various tracks depending on their aptitude and individual interest, including: Commercial Construction, Heavy Civil Construction, Project Solutions, and Electrical.
UC’s participation in the event is coordinated by the Construction Student Association and its sister organization, the Construction Competition Club. At ASC, students were given problem statements in the morning and had eighteen hours to complete their written proposals. The following morning, teams presented their project.
This year marked the first event in which UC CEAS sent two teams to compete in the Heavy Civil Construction Competition, one team comprised of all male students and one team comprised of all female students. UC has won first place in this competition every year for the past five years running. And this year, the CEAS all-women Heavy Civil team won first place—making both UC and ASC history! The all-men team won second place—a UC sweep!
The Heavy Civil all-women team included: Kearstin O’Mara (Captain), Kitty DiFalco, Morgan Daughterty, Taylor Bonifant, Jesi Hosmer, and Brianna Karelin. The Heavy Civil all-men team included: Charles Bowman (Captain), Warrner Travis (Captain), Joe Kaufman, Sheamus Togher, Michael Hrovat, and Ben Bruns.
Kearstin O’Mara reflects on her all-female team’s victory, “Our team spent several weeks prior to the ASC competition researching, discussing individual responsibilities and preparing for whatever we could. We went into the competition with a ‘we are already winners no matter what’ attitude (being the first all women team to enter the competition). But being able to take home first place really showed that we should have never underestimated our abilities and we felt this could really be a moment women in the construction industry can look back on and say to themselves: ‘This career is for women, too’.”