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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. 



Design and build a composites bridge using an assortment of pultrusions, cores, fabrics and other materials supplied in kit form.

Benefits of Participation

  • Put your composites training into action
  • Represent your college or university 
  • Altair and AnalySwift are both offering free access to their software. More information is provided to registered teams.
  • All contest participants will receive a complementary Exhibit Hall pass. The team leader will receive a complimentary student registration. To register, click here for student registration. 


  • This contest is open to students only
  • 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

Key Dates and Deadlines

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

Material Kits

  • Contents include materials for students to use when building their bridges. In the past kits have included
    items such as bagging materials, dry fiber, fabric, braid, neat resin and core materials. Material kits vary each
    year based on donations.
  • Material kits will be supplied to teams that request kits during registration. To receive a kit teams need to
    register by February 28, 2020.
  • Due to Export Control Regulations, kits cannot be shipped outside of the Continental U.S.

Sponsor or Donate

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 Rosemary Loggia at

Primary Sponsor





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









Thank you to our SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Sponsors!







SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2020 Student Bridge Contest Flyer Link Administration 1/29/2020
2020 - Student Bridge Contest Rules PDF (268.63 KB) Administration 2/7/2020
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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