Newswise — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announces the winners of its 2016 Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition. The competition took place at The Concrete Convention and Exposition in Milwaukee, WI, USA. The first, second, and third place teams received cash awards of $750, $500, and $250, respectively.

During this exciting competition, students were challenged to:• Design and construct a fiber-reinforced concrete bowling ball that achieves optimal performance for specified tests and tasks. • Document and present the team’s work to an audience of industry professionals

The objective of this competition is to demonstrate the effect of fibers in reinforcing concrete, to gain experience in forming and fabricating a concrete fiber-reinforced element, and to encourage creativity in engineering design and analysis. Bowling Ball Performance Category1st Place: Fundação Educacional Inaciana Padre Sabóia de Medeiros: Felipe Gonçalves dos Santos, Ittalo Nathan Boscache Ayache, Luis Paulo De spirito Palazzolli, Lucas Camargo Carvalho, Pedro Amaro BaccarinFaculty Advisor – Kurt Andre Pereira

2nd Place: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus: Yasser E. Ortiz Rodríguez, Karimar Rodríguez Serrano, Gabriel Díaz Ríos, Kimberly M. Solórzano, Juan ArboledaFaculty Advisor – Arsenio Caceres

3rd Place: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon: Omar Diaz-López, Gustavo D. Gutiérrez-Zavala, Katia M Hernández-Martínez, Mónica E Neri-Álvarez, Hugo E Santana-GonzálezFaculty Advisor – Alejandro Durán Herrera

Presentation Category 1st Place: Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon: Omar Diaz-López, Gustavo D. Gutiérrez-Zavala, Katia M Hernández-Martínez, Mónica E Neri-Álvarez, Hugo E Santana-GonzálezFaculty Advisor – Alejandro Durán Herrera

2nd Place: San Jose State University: Diyaree Ismael, Carlos Murillo, Rami Zayed, Daniel VasquezJames FokFaculty Advisor – Dr. Akthem Al-Manaseer

3rd Place: University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus: Cristian Soto Torres, Andrés Matos Ortiz, Nahima Z. Ortiz Ayala, Gabriella Buono, Andrés Rodríguez SotoFaculty Advisor – Arsenio Caceres

The following universities participated in the competition:

Universidad San Francisco de Quito Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon Facultad de Estudios Superiores Aragon UNAM University of Missouri-Kansas CityArizona State UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin-PlattevilleBritish Columbia Institute of Technology Florida International UniversityUniversity of Houston-DowntownUniversidad Central del Ecuador Polytechnic University of Puerto RicoFundação Educacional Inaciana Padre Sabóia de MedeirosDhaanish Ahmed College of EngineeringUniversity of North FloridaUniversity of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Universidad Rafael Landivar CampusUniversity of Wisconsin MilwaukeeUniversity of Missouri-Kansas CityInstituto Tecnologico de La Paz University of CuencaSan Jose State UniversityFaculty of Engineering Cairo UniversityUniversidad Nacional De IngenieriaUniversity of South CarolinaUniversity of Minnesota University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Southern IndianaUniversidad Rafael Landivar QuetzaltenangoUniversity of UtahPolytechnic University of Puerto RicoUniversity of Southern IndianaEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical UniversityValparaiso UniversityPurdue University CalumetSouthern Illinois University - EdwardsvilleMissouri University of Science and TechnologyPittsburg State UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityAuburn UniversityUniversity of Central FloridaTexas A&M UniversityCity College of New YorkNew Jersey Institute of Technology

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