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Advancing Freshmen Engineering Education by Utilizing the Impact of 2017 Storms on U.S Infrastructure

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Sustainability in Civil Engineering Education: Service Learning, Capstone Integration, Student Affect and Rating Systems

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Civil Engineering

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15

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https://peer.asee.org/32045

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9

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Jagadish Torlapati Rowan University

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Dr. Jagadish Torlapati is currently a faculty at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rowan University in Glassboro. His primary areas of interest are environmental and water resources engineering. Prior to his role at Rowan University, he was a post-doctoral researcher at New Jersey Institute of Technology where he worked on Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills. He has received his Doctoral and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.

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Ralph Alan Dusseau P.E. Rowan University

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Dr. Ralph Dusseau is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Dr. Dusseau is also serving as the Associate Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is Coordinator of the Engineering Management Programs at Rowan University. Dr. Dusseau was an Assistant and Associate Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan from 1985 to 1995. Dr. Dusseau was the Founding Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University from 1995 to 2008.

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Tri Tam Nguyen

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Tony Andrew Carlino Rowan University

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Undergrad Civil Engineering Student approaching graduation. I'm a well rounded in Civil Engineering student with multiple internships and professional experience. My goal is to further education on infrastructure and environmental impacts around the world.

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Victoria Lee Barry Rowan University

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Victoria Barry is a junior in the Civil & Environmental Engineering program at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. Currently, Victoria's interests focus on the environment and ways to improve sustainability. Her experience includes working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the analysis of shore protection, and working with the New Jersey firm, Maser Consulting P.A. where she refined her AutoCAD Civil 3D skills. Victoria aspires to attend graduate school with a focus on Civil Engineering and Marine Engineering.

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Abstract

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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