NYU Concrete Canoe

  • Creating a fully-functioning concrete canoe using innovative methods to compete in the ASCE regional and national competition

Concrete Canoe logo featuring NYU's torch and canoe with oars rising from the hull

Concrete Canoe aims to teach students about design through the construction of a concrete canoe. Throughout the year-long process, students are encouraged to develop creative and innovative ideas to produce the most efficient design. The team starts with brainstorming a hydrodynamic structural design of the hull, creating the concrete mix and using robotic and fabrication technology to cast the canoe. Students will have an opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience and leadership skills.

Methods & Technologies

  • Concrete mixture aggregates (material design)
  • Structural analysis
  • Canoe design
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Robotic and digital fabrication technology
  • Technical writing
  • Paddling techniques
  • CAD for design and aesthetic purposes


  • Construction Team
  • Aesthetics Team
  • Hull Design and Structural Analysis Team
  • Mix and Design Team
  • Paddling Team

Areas of Interest

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Media and Graphic Design


  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • NYU Civil and Urban Engineering Department
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • NYU MakerSpace

Faculty Advisors

Student Leadership