June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
26.156.1 - 26.156.23
Adding an International Senior Design Component into the Civil CurriculumAbstract - International exposure as well as project-based service learning for undergraduate students have gained muchattention for their positive impact on students. Additionally, ABET engineering criteria require international exposurefor all undergraduates. As such, a goal of the University of Pittsburgh is to have fifty percent of our students directlyparticipate in an international experience. Over the past few years the university has offered a senior design service-learning engineering course. This has provided evidence that service learning is a valuable educational tool to developa sense of value and direction, teach team dynamics and communication skills, and engage the students in a community.This paper will discuss how we modified our senior cap stone service learning engineering course to include aninternational component. Over the past four years undergraduate students were given the opportunity to design potablewater systems for two poor rural Ecuadorian villages and two villages in Panama that currently do not have a reliablewater source. The paper will discuss the creation of a new course that allows the university to offer an internationaldesign experience.
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