Students bike across nation, construct homes

By Associated Engineering Press

Ashton Greer will leave Virginia Beach, Va., in early June and travel across the country. She will see the rugged Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains and flat expansive Heartland. She will stop in Denver and climb the Tall Trail Ridge Pass in the Rockies. Her trip will conclude 10 weeks later when she reaches the Pacific coast in Oregon. Greer, a senior majoring in civil engineering, will not be taking this cross-country trip in a car, nor will she be flying from place to place. Instead, she will be biking the 3,794 miles from coast to coast. “I had always talked about taking a cross-country road trip, but really this is going to be so much better,” Greer said. “I’ll really be able to see and experience the country in a way that you couldn’t in a car.” The cycling trip is part of Bike & Build, a nonprofit organization that does cross-country fundraising cycling trips. All proceeds from the trips go to affordable housing organizations. Each participating cyclist will raise $4,500. Cyclists will also participate in building projects across the country with Habitat for Humanity.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: February 3, 2014    /    Posted in:   Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, In The News, Students