NYU Concrete Canoe

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

Students in a canoe rowing in a lake

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 Advisor

  • Weihua Jin
  • Email: wjin@nyu.edu

Student Leadership

  • Email: nyuconcretecanoe@gmail.com