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Not to be out-engineered by Lehigh, Prof. Steve Kurtz, in homage to Rivalry Week, took it upon himself to up the ante on an annual tradition at the rival school.

Ever resourceful, Kurtz, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, cut a piece of hollow square tubing, stenciled Lehigh on it, and applied 44,000 pounds of ‘crush Lehigh’ force till it buckled and failed in a hydraulic test machine in Lafayette’s Structural Testing Lab at Acopian Engineering Center.

“They test a Lafayette beam every year during Rivalry Week, but I knew this test would look much cooler,” Kurtz says. 

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