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SAMPE Student Bridge Contest

Students are encouraged to participate in the SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest. 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. 


SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Resources

Student Bridge contest Q&A 
2018 SAMPE Bridge Contest Flyer 
2018 SAMPE Bridge Contest Rules & Regulations


Benefits of Participation

Put your composites training into action

Represent your college or university

Receive a complimentary student conference registration


Free Software Access

Get Access to Altair Software and Beam Composite Training 

 Altair is offering all teams FREE access to their software. Attend these online trainings to learn how to optimize composite structures using HyperMesh and OptiStruct. Attendees will learn how to determine optimal ply shapes, number of plies, ply orientations, and shape considerations like web height/arch and flange width/taper to minimize mass while preventing composite failure and buckling. The 3 sessions are each 2 hours and 15 minutes long. Each session covers different material and when combined cover the complete set of topics. 

Every attendee should have the Student Edition (or commercial version) of HyperWorks installed on the computer they are accessing the training on. Download the HyperWorks Student Edition. Students will be sent the needed files for the online training shortly before the class starts. 

Register for free training.


 Updated contest rules and registration will be available soon. 


SAMPE 2017 Overall Winners

1st Place - Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic

2nd Place - University of Delaware

3rd Place -  Harbin Engineering University


Click here for the Bridge Contest 2017 Results

Click here for the Bridge Contest 2017 Winners





  • 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

    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.


Contest flyer, registration form, Questions and Answers, and Rules can be found at the bottom of this page.


Information for Sponsors

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 Sarah Cox, Bridge Building Committee Chair at

The SAMPE Student Bridge Contest committee is chaired by Sarah Cox, NASA.

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







Material Donors





SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
2018 SAMPE Bridge Contest Flyer PDF (396.44 KB) Administration 2/15/2018
Student Bridge Contest Q&A Link Administration 4/6/2017
2018 SAMPE Bridge Contest Rules & Regulations Link Administration 12/20/2017

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