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Students Participated in the National Fiber Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition

For the first time, the University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) Concrete Bowling Ball team, formed by American Concrete Institute (ACI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter members, participated at the national Fiber Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 25. The team made three strikes!

The Canes took home both 1st and 2nd place in the Florida state competition hosted by Florida Concrete & Products Association in Orlando in February. The team pushed for the sustainability and technological innovation in their concrete bowling ball project, using SeaCrete, an innovative solution under research at UM that uses seawater instead of fresh water, and the UM College of Engineering – Johnson & Johnson 3D Printing Center of Excellence Collaborative Laboratory (Collaborative Lab) to create the molds for geometry optimization of the bowling balls. The event was an invaluable experience providing students with a one-on-one opportunity to meet industry leaders and academicians from around the world.

Alvaro Ruiz, the team leader, said, “I would like to thank the support of the UMCoE Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and Collaborative Lab, but especially the help provided by our supervisor, Francisco De Caso y Basalo, associate scientist in CAE, who helped us throughout the entire process. We also are very thankful to our sponsors – CAE, Supermix, Titan, FC&PA, FiberForce, FRC Resources, Builders and Lehigh-Hanson – for their financial support.”

“Being our first time to compete nationally, we are honored to participate and meet so many other students and professional from around the world. This has been a learning experience and look forward to next year’s competition,” Ruiz continued.

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