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UT Tyler Wins 2023 Regional ASCE Concrete Canoe Competition 

Student Team Advances to Nationals in June 

TYLER (May 3, 2023) – The University of Texas at Tyler won the 2023 American Society of  Civil Engineering Texas-Mexico Region 6 Concrete Canoe Competition. This is UT Tyler’s second overall first place finish since winning regionals in 2012. 

With this year’s canoe entry, “Camoo,” the UT Tyler ASCE student chapter placed first in design  paper and oral presentation and second in the final product category. The team now advances to  the national competition to be held next month at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. 

“It has been a long time since we won this event, and this is very exciting for us,” said faculty  adviser Dr. Michael McGinnis, UT Tyler professor and civil engineering department chair. “I could  not be prouder of our group as they demonstrated excellent teamwork and technical prowess.” 

At the annual competition, participants build canoes with concrete and are judged in four  categories: technical design report, oral design presentation, canoe final product and racing. 

UT Tyler team members are Esther Fajardo of Longview, Omar Acuña of Marshall and Hannah  McGinnis of Tyler, team captains; and Angel Suarez of Mineola; Bradley Smith of Waxahachie; Bryan  Gluck of Jacksonville; Chandler Hosch of Giddings; Christopher McMillan of Gilmer; Ernesto  Colorado of Henderson; Gerardo Perez of Terrell; Karen Rivera of Gladewater; Keagan Rios of Caddo  Mills; Luis Ortiz of Kaufman; Manuel Salazar of Sherman; Mason Mattern of Elkhart; Riley Christian  of Lindale; Russell Rinehart of Longview; Samuel Acuña of Marshall; Steven Luna of Mount Pleasant;  Tyrus Krueger of Kingwood; Victory Amos-Nwankwo of Houston; Zachary Wilson of Abilene; and  Lidia Cabrera and Samuel Gentry, both of Tyler. 

As the largest ASCE student symposium worldwide, Region 6 consists of Texas, Oklahoma, New  Mexico and Mexico and includes schools such as UT Austin, University of Houston, University of  Oklahoma, New Mexico State University, Tech de Monterrey and Universidad Autonoma del Estado  de Morelos. 

With a mission to improve educational and health care outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.


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