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A “Global” Curriculum To Support Civil Engineering In Developing Nations: The Final Result

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

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2153-5965

Conference Session

The New ABET CE Criteria - Program Development

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Civil Engineering

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12

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15.115.1 - 15.115.12

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https://peer.asee.org/16799

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Fred Meyer United States Military Academy

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christopher conley United States Military Academy

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Chris Conley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (1978), and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Cornell University (1980, 1983). He has served as a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In his 15 years on the USMA faculty he has taught a variety of courses in the civil and mechanical engineering programs, and has collaborated on research with Army laboratory personnel at ERDC, ARL and ARDEC.

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Scott Hamilton United States Military Academy

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Scott Hamilton is an active duty Army officer and Assistant Professor and Group Director in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering at the US Military Academy at West Point, where he has served on the faculty for a total of over 9 years. As an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers for over 26 years he has served in a variety of assignments in the US, Germany, Korea, and Afghanistan. Scott has been active with ASCE Student Chapters, on both the local and national level. He is a graduate of West Point and has graduate degrees from Stanford University; he is a licensed PE in California.

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Joseph Hanus United States Military Academy

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Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Hanus is the acting Chair of the Civil Engineering Division in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. He received his BS from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville; MS from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities; and PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is an active member of ASEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. His research interests include fiber reinforced polymer materials, accelerated bridge construction, and engineering education.

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Steven Hart United States Military Academy

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Steven D. Hart is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Corps of Engineers with over 22 years of service in both command and staff positions in Iraq, Kuwait, Panama, Germany, Korea, and the United States. He is currently assigned as the Civil Engineering Design Group Director in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point where he teaches and supervises five senior level design courses. His current areas of emphasis are infrastructure analysis, protection, and resiliency, capstone course development, and integrated structural analysis and design. He is currently teaching a new course in Infrastructure Analysis and Protective Design and is supervising a faculty team developing another new course in Infrastructure Engineering.

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James Ledlie Klosky United States Military Academy

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Led Klosky is an Associate Professor and acting Deputy Head in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and the principle editor for the web site HandsOnMechanics.com. Dr. Klosky received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in geotechnical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997.

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A “Global” Curriculum to Support Civil Engineering in Developing Nations: The Final Result

Abstract

At the 2008 ASEE Conference in Pittsburgh, we reported on our initial plans to overhaul the West Point Civil Engineering curriculum based on initial constituent survey results and faculty focus group efforts. Following an ABET visit in the fall of 2008, we were able to again focus on refining our initial plan. Further efforts involved more detailed planning to ensure all identified subjects were included, all ABET requirements were satisfied, and that the resulting plan made sense from a pedagogical perspective. The end result of this process is a revised CE program that better meets the needs of our constituents. Along with providing a strong foundational basis for the study of civil engineering and for continued lifelong learning, the program now addresses aspects of infrastructure that our graduates need as Army Officers— deployed overseas as well as assigned within the United States. In addition, the program makes great strides at satisfying the requirements of the ASCE Body of Knowledge (BOK), in many cases beyond those listed as being required at the bachelor’s degree level. This paper reports on development efforts since 2008 and provides the final result submitted to the USMA Curriculum Committee for approval. Background on specific decisions is provided as well as other pertinent information relevant to curriculum development. The paper provides a very brief summary of previous efforts; additional detail on initial development efforts is available in the 2008 paper.

Background

The Civil Engineering (CE) program at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point has been a traditional structures-based program emphasizing the foundations of civil engineering for almost three decades. The program typically has about 50 students enrolled per year; about 65 percent of the students select to serve in the Army Corps of Engineers following graduation. To ensure that programs maintain relevance, ABET requires that all programs identify their constituencies and demonstrate that the program meets the constituents’ needs; the US Army and the US Army Corps of Engineers are our two principal constituents. Over the last eight years, the US Army has been engaged in ongoing conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan that has required the development of proficiencies related to the identification, protection, assessment, maintenance, rebuilding, and development of infrastructure as a means to shape success and bring future stability to both countries. Within the United States, the issue of our deteriorating infrastructure has been brought to light by ASCE and our Nation’s leaders. Substantial government funding has been focused on repairing infrastructure as a means to improve economic conditions.

In the early stages of curriculum development, a survey was sent to constituents of the USMA CE program. 1 The survey posed seven questions focused on identifying which CE topics are most useful to graduates. Those surveyed were Army officers, many of whom were recent graduates of the program, and civilians. Many of those surveyed had over 20 years experience working in or around the field of civil engineering. Survey results showed that many topics

Meyer, F., & conley, C., & Hamilton, S., & Hanus, J., & Hart, S., & Klosky, J. L. (2010, June), A “Global” Curriculum To Support Civil Engineering In Developing Nations: The Final Result Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16799

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