Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap

How do students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world? At University of Louisville, we help them bridge the gap — sometimes, literally. 

As part of their coursework, students in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Department built a steel bridge and a concrete canoe (that actually floats!).

They're now taking their work to compete in a regional conference for civil and environmental engineering students held at The Ohio State University. If the U of L team wins there, they could go to nationals. 

The project let the team apply what they learned in class. Dawn Dunaway, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter, said real-world experiences like this will help students when they're applying for jobs after graduation. 

"It's a really neat and unique opportunity that we have, especially here at U of L," said Dunaway, a senior. "We're kind of the only ones that get to combine competition with built-in co-ops and our really unique coursework," plus, on-campus facilities like the FirstBuild maker space. 

We’re (U of L students) kind of the only ones that get to combine competition with built-in co-ops and our really unique coursework.
— Dawn Dunaway, senior in civil engineering