Gleeson’s Hoelsema Receives Grand Prize in Engineering Exhibit

Posted November 1st, 2017

Gleeson employee, Peter Hoelsema, received the Engineering Education Grand Prize with his Dordt College Engineering Department team at the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). Hoelsema, with teammates Eric Fedders, Austin Lindemulder, and Kyle Vander Zee, designed and built a vehicle bridge in Liberia to support up to 30 tons of weight and withstand floods during Liberia's rainy season. 

NCEES Engineering Education Award juror Sallye Perrin, P.E., commented on the Liberia Farm Bridge project, saying, "This project provided a sustainable solution to needed infrastructure and contributed to the economic vitality of rural communities in Harbel, Liberia. The collaboration between the students and P.E.s is commendable."

The Grand Prize is awarded to a project that exhibits the following criteria:

  • Successful collaboration of faculty, students, and licensed professional engineers
  • Protection of public health, safety, and/or welfare of the public
  • Multidiscipline and/or allied profession participation
  • Knowledge or skills gained
  • Effectiveness of display board, abstract, and project description

See a time lapse of the bridge project here.