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A Decade Of University Sports Facility Design Courses

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Civil Engineering Teaching Part Three

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Civil Engineering

Page Count

20

Page Numbers

13.31.1 - 13.31.20

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https://peer.asee.org/3760

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Michael Collins J.P. Morgan Chase

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Michael G. Collins is a first-year analyst in J.P. Morgan Chase’s Management Services Program where he will rotate between 4 different branches of the bank. He is a January 2008 graduate of Lehigh University earning both a B.S. in the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors program as well as a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Michael has participated in 3 different courses at Lehigh which utilized a project-based curriculum to partner students with outside clients. In the Integrated Business and Engineering Capstone Project he worked with Online Staffing Solutions of Allentown, PA. In the Industrial Engineering Senior Project he worked with Fragrance Manufacturing Incorporated of Bethlehem, PA. Michael was also a member of the Integrated Learning Experience during fall 2007 which provided consulting on Lehigh’s master plan for their athletic campus.

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Gerard Lennon Lehigh University

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Gerard P. Lennon is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He earned a BS from Drexel University, and an MS and a PhD from Cornell University. He authored over 70 papers, and his groundwater research has been funded by five different federal and state agencies, including an NSF investigation of ocean-bottom geothermal vents in the Alvin Submarine. As a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers he organized an International Groundwater Symposium and was an associate editor of the Hydraulics Journal. He has supervised civil engineering students in interdisciplinary design projects of Lehigh sports facilities from 1998 to 2005.

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John Ochs Lehigh University

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John B Ochs is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh and Director of the Integrated Product Development Program (IPD), which he co-founded with Dr. Watkins in 1994. He is the past chairman of ASEE’s Entrepreneurship Division. From 1985-95 Dr. Ochs did extensive industry consulting and was involved in the start up of three companies. In 1996 the pilot courses IPD won the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ curriculum innovation award and in 1997 IPD won the Newcomen Society award for the promotion of America’s free-enterprise system. Dr. Ochs holds a MS and Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He often supervised mechanical engineering students in interdisciplinary design projects of Lehigh sports facilities.

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Richard Weisman Lehigh University

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Richard Weisman is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lehigh and served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for 11 years, finishing in 2006. His teaching and research is in the field of water resources engineering with concentrations in surface water hydrology and sediment transport. He has been leading interdisciplinary groups of students abroad through several programs, including a winter term course on Sustainable Development to Costa Rica. He is co-advisor to Lehigh’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders which is involved in a water supply project in a small town in Honduras. In addition to supervising the civil engineering students athletic facility design projects in 2006 and 2007, he eagerly served as a source of help in the first eight years to those students interested in the drainage and runoff issues pertaining to several of the past projects.

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Vincent Munley Lehigh University

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Vincent Munley is Iacocca Professor of Business and Economics at Lehigh and is the university's Ombudsperson. His research is directed at the empirical study of public policy issues, in particular topics related to fiscal federalism. He earned a B.A. in economics and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University, and Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York, Binghamton. He spent a semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland, Galway. For ten years he has team-taught with Dean of Athletics Joe Sterrett a course on the economics of the sports industry and has helped guide ten student teams and two summer internship teams involved in cross disciplinary sports facility design projects.

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Joseph Sterrett Lehigh University

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Joe Sterrett is the Murray H. Goodman Dean of Athletics, currently serving in his 19th year as the director for intercollegiate, club, intramural and recreational sports programs. He earned a bachelors degree in Finance and Social Psychology, a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Lehigh and a Doctor of Education degree from Temple. At Lehigh he has served as an assistant football coach, director of undergraduate student recruitment, and assistant vice president for enrollment management. With Professor Vince Munley, he has team-taught a course on the economics of the sports industry and has led 11 student teams and two summer internship teams involved in cross disciplinary sports facility design projects.

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A Decade of Univer sity Spor ts Facility Design Cour ses Abstr act

Every fall over the last decade, interdisciplinary undergraduate student teams have designed athletic facilities for the Lehigh University campus. This initiative comprises part of the Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) program. The paper focuses on the procedures of this excellent model used to provide a real-world context for students to achieve academic objectives and learning opportunities of cross disciplinary under- graduate education, not otherwise available for many of them.

The distinctive aspect of these designs is that they comprise a very utilitarian component facilities, some being initial feasibility studies, and some slated for construction. Procedures used to client are reviewed, as are the requirements of the presentations and deliverables so that they can be used for an implementation decision by the appropriate client representatives (alumni donors, faculty, student athletes, and staff such as sports coaches and the Associate Vice President for Facilities Services and Campus Planning). The process of involving faculty and recruiting and selecting students is explained, along with creating an atmosphere of excitement and desire to be included.

The first facility built was the 1998 design of a 2000-seat stadium for field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer, which included a student presentation of the proposed $2.4 million facility to the university Board of Trustees for approval. The latest is a nine-hole golf course, club house, and driving range currently under construction, evaluated by the university clients. The annual course is led by Drs. Joseph Sterrett, Dean of Athletics, and Vincent Munley, Professor of Economics, with faculty supervisors from each of the

multiple years as indicated: crew, cross country (2), softball/baseball (2), field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and golf (3).

Just like consulting teams working in the private sector, student teams were composed of members with diverse backgrounds in order to address complex challenges. The student teams have included majors from all three undergraduate colleges and the following departments: accounting, architecture, Asian studies, civil & environmental engineering, economics, English, finance, journalism, marketing, earth & environmental science, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, integrated business and engineering, history, international relations, management, psychology, statistics, supply chain management, and urban studies. The real world atmosphere stemmed from the realistic teaching and learning challenges of interaction with the clients, government approval agencies, and other experts, all of whom reviewed, evaluated, and assessed the presentations and reports.

Collins, M., & Lennon, G., & Ochs, J., & Weisman, R., & Munley, V., & Sterrett, J. (2008, June), A Decade Of University Sports Facility Design Courses Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3760

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