The Steel Bridge Competition is a popular contest through the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that creates real-world challenges on smaller scales. The participating students design AND build a steel bridge that would be functional as a full-scale model incorporated into society. The bridge is judged on its weight, construction speed, deflection (how much the bridge bends when you put weight on it), aesthetics and its ability to conform to specifications. Here the students are using a mill to construct a test connection to determine load capacity. This tells them which connection is the strongest and lightest, both vital to the competition. This extra-curricular activity is very popular amongst our AE and CM students; however every major is welcome to join!