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SAMPE Student Bridge Contest
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SAMPE Student Bridge Contest

Students are encouraged to participate in the SAMPE 2020 Student Bridge Contest taking place in Seattle, Washington. This contest allows students to design, build, and test a miniature structural bridge using various composite materials in accordance with a set of well defined rules. This is an international competition involving schools from around the globe. Students compete for monetary prizes and for the coveted SAMPE Student Bridge Champion trophy. 



  • This contest is open to students only.
  • Contest will be held in Seattle, Washington.
  • View 2020 deadlines.
  • At least one team member must be a SAMPE member.
  • Only one bridge entry is permitted per registration.
  • Follow all SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Rules.

    Objective: Design and build a composites bridge using an assortment of pultrusions, cores, fabrics and other materials supplied in kit form.
    Due to Export Control Regulations, kit's cannot be shipped outside of the Continental U.S. 

Kay Dates and Information

  • Contest will be held May 6, 2020 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Online registration with Kit* is January 24-February 28, 2020
  • Online registration without Kit is February 29-April 26, 2020
  • Last day to register online - April 26
  • Paper poster submission deadline (for free printing) - April 10, 2020
  • Design proposals due - April 27
  • Poster video submission deadline - April 27

Give back to the student engineering community with a material or monetary donations. Donor participation is essential to the success of this event. A complete list of acceptable materials and sponsorship levels are detailed in the sponsor letter. If your company would like to sponsor or donate, please contact the Bridge Building Committee at

SAMPE Chapters: Northern California, Midwest, New Jersey, Seattle, Utah





SAMPE 2019

Bridge Poster Winners

First Place - McGill University

Second Place - University of Tennessee

Third Place - McGill University 



2019 Winners for Categories A-H


Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
A Chengdu Western Washington Peninsula
B Fei-Brazil University of Washington UCLA
C University of Washington Chengdu University of Washington
D Chengdu University of Washington Fei-Brazil
E Chengdu UABC-Mexicali University of Tennessee
F Fei-Brazil University of Delaware University of Washington
G Chengdu University of South Carolina Davis Technical
H Chengdu West Virginia University Fei-Brazil


SAMPE 2019

Overall Bridge Contest Winners

First Place - Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic

Second Place - University of Washington

Third Place - FEI - Brazil




2018 Winners for Categories A-H


Category 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
A Chengdu Montana Tech Peninsula
B Chengdu Harbin Harbin
C University of Washington Tongji University of Washington
D Chengdu University of Washington University of Washington
E Chengdu Harbin University of Washington
F Chengdu Tongji University of Delaware
G Chengdu Tongji UABC - Mexicali
H Chengdu South Dakota School of Mines & Technology University of South Carolina


SAMPE 2018

Overall Bridge Contest Winners

1st Place - Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic






Benefits of Participation

Put your composites training into action

Represent your college or university

Receive a complimentary student conference registration
Altair and AnalySwift are both offering free access to their software. More information is provided to registered teams.





Contest Registration is now a part of the Online Conference Registration Process.  Be sure to click on SAMPE Bridge Team Lead/Member and after conference registration is completed, there will be a tab on your registration page for the Bridge Contest.  Questions on this process should be sent to Irvon "Cris" McClinton









SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2020 SAMPE Bridge Contest Flyer PDF (253.65 KB) Administration 1/16/2020
2019 SAMPE Bridge Registration Link  more ] Administration 3/4/2019
2019 SAMPE Bridge Contest Flyer Link Administration 3/4/2019
2019 Student Bridge Contest Rules Link Administration 3/5/2019
2019 Bridge Contest Video Entry Link Administration 2/19/2019
SAMPE 2018 Bridge Contest Student Timeline Link Administration 5/11/2018
Student Bridge Contest Q&A Link Administration 4/6/2017
2017 Bridge Contest Results Link Administration 7/1/2019
2017 Bridge Contest Winners Link Administration 7/1/2019
2016 Bridge Contest Results Link Administration 7/1/2019
2016 Bridge Contest Winners Link Administration 7/1/2019

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