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ASCE’s Architectural Engineering Institute Announces Winners of 2021 International Student Design Competition

LINCOLN, NE — The Pennsylvania State University earned first place honors at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) International Student Design Competition (ISDC), winning in the construction, electrical systems, and structural systems categories. University of Nebraska-Lincoln won in the building integration systems and mechanical systems categories. Kansas State University also placed in the technical categories. Additionally, University of Nebraska-Lincoln won two awards for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation, while The Pennsylvania State University won one award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation.

Although the awards ceremony is typically held in-person, AEI made the decision to hold this year’s competition and awards ceremony virtually due to CDC pandemic guidelines to avoid large gatherings, following the same format used in 2020.

Each year, the AEI International Student Design Competition attracts architectural engineering undergraduate and graduate students from academic institutions that offer accredited architectural engineering degrees. The goal of the annual competition is to provide a unique venue for students to showcase their architectural engineering knowledge and skills. The competition encourages collaboration, research, innovation, and peer review.

“The passion, ingenuity, and resilience of architectural engineering students was once again on display in the 2021 AEI International Student Design Competition (AEI ISDC),” said Jonathan U. Dougherty, Ph.D., Chair of the AEI International Student Design Competition. “The Architectural Engineering Institute is excited to see the future of the Architectural Engineering industry rise to the challenges presented by the competition and exceed expectations, and we look forward to watching these students apply both the technical lessons and professional aptitudes learned throughout this competition in their professional endeavors.”

Projects are judged in building integration, and in one or more of the following four categories: structural systems, mechanical systems, electrical systems, and construction. Sponsors provide the funding for the annual competition, which features first and second place named awards in each of the five categories.

Building Integration
  • 1st Place (Sponsored by SmithGroup): University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Team No. 5
  • 2nd Place (Sponsored by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger): Kansas State University, Team No. 6
Construction
  • 1st Place (Sponsored by Barton Malow): The Pennsylvania State University, Team No. 3
  • 2nd Place (Sponsored by DAVIS Construction):  Kansas State University, Team No. 6
Electrical Systems
  • 1st Place (Sponsored by Affiliated Engineers, Inc.): The Pennsylvania State University, Team No. 3
  • 2nd Place (Sponsored by HGA): Kansas State University, Team No. 6
Mechanical Systems
  • 1st Place (Sponsored by HDR): University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Team No. 5
  • 2nd Place (Sponsored by WSP USA): The Pennsylvania State University, Team No. 3
Structural Systems
  • 1st Place (Sponsored by AEI ISDC Committee): The Pennsylvania State University, Team No. 3
  • 2nd Place (Sponsored by Skidmore, Ownings & Merrill, LLP):  Kansas State University, Team No. 6
Special Awards
  • Outstanding Achievement in Innovation - Building Performance Enhancement Winner: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Team No. 5 
  • Outstanding Achievement in Innovation - Pandemic Resiliency Winner: The Pennsylvania State University, Team No. 3
  • Outstanding Achievement in Innovation - Water Retention, Harvesting, & Re-Utilization Winner: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Team No. 5
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Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 150,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE works to raise awareness of the need to maintain and modernize the nation’s infrastructure using sustainable and resilient practices, advocates for increasing and optimizing investment in infrastructure, and improve engineering knowledge and competency.

Established in 1998, AEI is an organization for architectural engineering. The organization promotes an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings, by encouraging innovation, collaboration, and excellence in practice, education, and research of architectural engineering.

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