June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
This paper describes the impact of three major hurricanes from 2017, Harvey, Irma and Maria, on the infrastructure and utilizing the knowledge from these events to educate freshmen civil engineering students. The primary focus of this study was to investigate the structural damage, geotechnical failures, transportation, environmental impacts, and social impacts of infrastructure failure on various demographic groups. In 2017, U.S. infrastructure was given a D+ by the American Society for Civil Engineering infrastructure report card. The states affected by the hurricanes, Texas and Florida have received C- and C grades respectively. Inadequate infrastructure design and maintenance may have compounded the death toll from these storms. These events have shown the need to prepare the future generation of civil engineers by educating them about the importance and challenges of designing infrastructure to withstand 100-year storms. It is important to educate and conduct further research in ways that cities can be protected from huge environmental disasters. Future civil engineers can develop ways to contain contaminated areas during devastating storms. This paper will focus on how the impact of the 2017 hurricanes was incorporated into our freshman Introduction to Infrastructure course. This will include modifications that were made to existing lecture modules and new lecture modules that were specifically developed to address the impact of these hurricanes. Students were assessed through a survey at the beginning and end of the course using pre- and post-assessment surveys. The course assessment was done by pre and post surveys at the beginning and the end of the course. These questions were designed to check the understanding of some core concepts, such as sustainability, that were taught during the class. In addition, multiple choice questions were asked to measure the interest in Civil Engineering discipline during the semester to ensure retention.
Torlapati, J., & Dusseau, R. A., & Nguyen, T. T., & Carlino, T. A., & Barry, V. L. (2019, June), Advancing Freshmen Engineering Education by Utilizing the Impact of 2017 Storms on U.S Infrastructure Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32045
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