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Standing Under Pressure

Milligan engineering model bridge under compression tester

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 29, 2017) — Sophomore Milligan College engineering students have studied forces in structures all semester in “Statics” class, but today, they put their book knowledge to the test with a friendly bridge-building competition.

Teams constructed bridge models out of balsa wood and loaded them with weight on a home-made compression tester. A bridge made by Bo Pless, Sarah Robinson, and Mihail Nakoff (all from Elizabethton, Tennessee) held the most weight and had the best maximum load-to-bridge weight ratio.

However, a team consisting of John Cole, of Elizabethton; Zula Coley, of Johnson City, Tennessee; and Jay Wheeler, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, “won the bid” to construct the bridge by meeting design constraints while being the lowest cost to manufacture in the real-world.

Launched in Fall 2016, the four-year engineering program is fully offered on the Milligan campus in Northeast Tennessee. Offering mechanical and electrical engineering majors, it is the only such program within a two-hour radius of the Tri-Cities.

Learn more about Milligan’s engineering program at

The Milligan engineering majors have been reviewed and approved by our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Milligan also will be seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Accordingly, our program has been designed to meet their accreditation standards. Our engineering faculty are experienced leaders in the field and seasoned academicians who have been core faculty members in ABET-accredited programs. Local industry leaders and national corporations have endorsed the program, are offering internships and co-ops, and are eager to hire Milligan engineering graduates. More information on ABET accreditation can be found at

Posted by on November 29, 2017.