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Adding an International Senior Design Component into the Civil Curriculum

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Civil Engineering Division Technical Session 7

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Civil Engineering

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26.156.1 - 26.156.23



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Dan Budny P.E. University of Pittsburgh

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Dr. Dan Budny joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty as Academic Director of the Freshman Programs and an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering in January 2000. Prior to that time he served as Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Freshman Programs at Purdue University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree from Michigan Technological University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University. His research has focused on the development of programs that assist entering freshman engineering students, including academically disadvantaged students, succeed during their first year. Of particular note are the highly successful counseling and cooperative learning programs for first-year students that he created within the freshman engineering programs at Purdue University and at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Budny has numerous publications and presentations on engineering education. At both Purdue and Pittsburgh, he was widely recognized for outstanding teaching, receiving various awards. Dr. Budny is very active in ASEE within the Freshman Programs and the Educational Research and Methods Divisions, and was on the ASEE board of directors. Dr. Budny can be reached at the University of Pittsburgh, Freshman Engineering, 126 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15261; 412-624-6474. []

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Sina Arjmand University of Pittsburgh

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David V.P. Sanchez University of Pittsburgh Orcid 16x16

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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.

Budny, D., & Arjmand, S., & Sanchez, D. V. (2015, June), Adding an International Senior Design Component into the Civil Curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23495

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