NYU Steel Bridge is a student-led Vertically Integrated Project that competes in the
National Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC), hosted by the American Institute of
Steel Construction (AISC). The objective is to design and fabricate a bridge made
entirely of steel that spans 23 feet by students to enter into the SSBC. The bridge has to
be an optimal mix of strength, stiffness, constructability and functionality. Students will
learn the process of iterative design to reach an optimized design for both strength and
feasibility. The bridge needs to be equally efficient in structural integrity and assembly
under timed construction at the competition. The bridge is load-tested at the competition,
and must carry 2500 pounds with minimal deflections. Students extend their classroom
knowledge with a hands-on steel design project that is intended to develop technical and
In previous competitions, the team placed 19th overall in the 2018 National Finals, and
placed 6th overall in the 2021 National Finals.
We need your support to enable us to order materials for our bridge, such as steel and
connections, service machines in our lab, as well as travel to the National Finals hosted
at the University of San Diego on July 2nd-3rd 2023.