Liftech engineers have volunteered for several years at local Bay Area schools as part of Engineers Alliance for the Arts (EAA) student impact project. This project involves visiting classrooms to teach students about basic engineering mechanics and design considerations for bridges.
Prompted by his passion for volunteering with EAA, Liftech engineer Derrick Lind held a company balsa wood bridge competition. He provided kits and rules, and some Liftech employees and family members built bridges. The bridges were judged based on aesthetics and their strength to weight ratio.
Our CFO Teresa Ferguson and her architect husband Peter Scott were the winning team with their beautiful glulam bridge. Other participants included Kenton Lee, Erik Soderberg, Derrick Lind, Yoshi Oritatsu, and Anna Dix. Family members, who helped the competitors with their bridges, joined us on our terrace for judging and load tests, and provided cheers, jeers, and some tears. Everyone learned a lot and had a lot of fun.