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An Introduction to Infrastructure for All Disciplines

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Civil Engineering Education and Workforce Development Challenges

Tagged Division

Civil Engineering

Page Count

26

Page Numbers

22.188.1 - 22.188.26

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https://peer.asee.org/17469

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Steven D. Hart U.S. 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 an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point where he is currently teach courses on Infrastructure Engineering and Critical Infrastructure Protection.

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Ledlie Klosky U.S. Military Academy, West Point

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J. Ledlie Klosky, P.E., is an Associate Professor of civil engineering in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point and recipient of ASEE’s 2010 National Outstanding Teaching Medal. Dr. Klosky writes regularly about engineering education, covering topics ranging from classroom techniques to curricular reform. Much of this work is focused on the use of internet communications and social networks for educational purposes.

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Joseph P. Hanus U.S. Military Academy

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Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Hanus is the acting Chair of the Civil Engineering Department at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. He received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville; M.S. from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and Ph.D. 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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Karl F. Meyer U.S. Military Academy

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Colonel Fred Meyer is the Civil Engineering Division Director in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from USMA in 1984, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1993 and 2002, respectively. Fred has been a member of the USMA faculty for over eight years and teaches courses in basic mechanics, structural steel design, reinforced concrete design, and structural system design. He has served as a senior mentor and seminar presenter in the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop from 2000 through 2009. He has conducted extensive research in the areas of lightweight concrete and high strength concrete and has published numerous papers on the topics. He is an active member of the American Concrete Institute, the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is an ABET Program Evaluator.

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Jason Allen Toth

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Morgan Reese U.S. Military Academy

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Major Morgan Reese is an instructor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY. She received her B.S. from the United States Military Academy; M.S. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla; and M.E. in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri. Her research interests include measuring groundwater contaminant flux, and engineering education.

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Abstract

An Introduction to Infrastructure for All DisciplinesASCE Releases Infrastructure Report Card. New Round of Stimulus Spending to TargetInfrastructure. Failing Infrastructure an Anchor on Economic Progress. News headlines such asthese clearly indicate that the status of our nation’s infrastructure is a topic of current interest toengineers, politicians, city planners, and society at large. In contrast to this broad need,Universities have not provided widely-accessible introductory courses on infrastructure and itsintertwined technical and social issues. This paper presents the results of a yearlong effort todevelop and execute an undergraduate course in Infrastructure Engineering that is bothtechnically rigorous and broad enough in perspective to appeal to many academic majors,particularly the social sciences. The course focuses on the identification of infrastructureelements and assessments of infrastructure functionality. Major blocks of instruction includenetwork fundamentals; environmental systems including water, wastewater, and sanitarylandfills; electrical power generation, transmission, distribution, and consumption; and road andrail transportation systems. Since the overarching goal of the course is to produce graduates whoare conversant in the principles of infrastructure functionality and the role of infrastructureelements and systems in society, the interaction of infrastructure with other dimensions ofsociety—political, social, military, and information—is emphasized to the same degree as theengineering technical content. Achievement of these goals and student understanding andchanges in perspective are assessed through homework, exams, reflections on readingassignments, a course project, and course surveys. The paper presents the framework for thecourse and its place within the curriculum, assessment from the first semester the course wasoffered and commentary on the future of the course and its potential for broader adoption acrossthe academic enterprise.

Hart, S. D., & Klosky, L., & Hanus, J. P., & Meyer, K. F., & Toth, J. A., & Reese, M. (2011, June), An Introduction to Infrastructure for All Disciplines Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17469

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