The Association of Bridge Construction and Design, Western New York Chapter continually works to help in building Bridges. Some of these bridges are not always visible as is the case with our schools and universities. We have been working hard building these relationships in the recent years.
Our ABCD Chapter provides sponsorship to various groups through joint events and monetary donations. Annual events included the UB Bulls Football tailgate party and game held every September. This is our chance to sit around in the fall, eating, drinking assorted beverages, taking in a good football game while strengthening our bond with the UB students. Similarly we co-sponsor "Hockey Night in Rochester" before an RIT Tigers Hockey Game, building/strengthening relationships over Pizza and Wings. Through these events, we are given a chance to get to know the young, talented engineers that we may someday have the opportunity to work with here in the Western New York region!
At the high school level, ABCD sponsors the annual Balsa Wood Bridge contest that is held for local high Schools. The balsa wood bridge contest is a long standing tradition that allows interaction with local high school teachers and students. This event helps bring together future engineers and gives the high school students a chance to interact with both ABCD members and the ASCE Students in a warm, relaxed and fun atmosphere.
ABCD has provided assistance to both the UB and the RIT ASCE chapters Steel Bridge teams. Both teams received donations to help defray the cost of Competition. ABCD also provides assistance and training in welding and steel construction through membership volunteers.
ABCD also awards two $2,000 scholarships to students at local universities and local students going away to universities from money raised during our annual scholarship golf tournament. The past two years also saw the introduction of the ABCD Fellowship in conjunction with UB. This fellowship provides a $5,000 grant to a doctoral student performing research in a bridge related field.
ABCD is continually working to "Bridge" the gap between our Universities and our members. Through these initiatives and more in the future we are looking to help nurture and develop our future Bridge Engineers.
To learn more about ABCD WNY Scholarships and to download this years application, go to the college scholarships page.