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Applying Army Doctrine to Engineering: Is That Complex?

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Brad Wambeke P.E. United States Military Academy

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Colonel Brad Wambeke is currently the Deputy Department Head of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. He received his B.S. from South Dakota State University; M.S. from the University of Minnesota; and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He is a member of ASEE and is a registered Professional Engineer in Missouri. His primary research interests include construction engineering, lean construction, and engineering education.

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Aaron T. Hill Jr. United States Military Academy

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Colonel Aaron Hill is an Assistant Professor and Design Group Director in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Missouri S&T, a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Aaron has served in the military for 24 years as an Engineer Officer with assignments around the world to include Afghanistan, Egypt, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and a Project Management Professional. Aaron’s primary areas of research are engineering education, the behavior of steel structures, and blast. Aaron mentors students by serving as an advisor for capstone projects and through service as an Officer Representative for Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Basketball. His passion for teaching and developing tomorrow’s leaders resulted in his selection for the 2009 American Society of Civil Engineers New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni Award for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.

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The requirement to include “complex engineering problems” was added to the ABET student outcomes for engineering programs in 2019. ABET provides several characteristics that governs what constitutes a complex engineering problem: involving wide-ranging or conflicting technical issues, having no obvious solution, addressing problems not encompassed by current standards and codes, involving diverse groups of stakeholders, including many component parts or sub-problems, involving multiple disciplines, or having significant consequences in a range of contexts. (ABET, 2019-2020). The Civil Engineering Professional Practice and Applications course at the XXXXXXX integrates the military and civil engineering professions by applying a doctrinal military ‘design process’ to address complex civil engineering problems. This design process is known as the Army Design Methodology (ADM) and it applies critical and creative thinking to understand, visualize, and describe complex problems and approaches to solving them. The purpose of this paper is to describe the ADM and how it is incorporated into the course, and to provide an assessment related to student learning outcomes.

Wambeke, B., & Hill, A. T. (2021, July), Applying Army Doctrine to Engineering: Is That Complex? Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36689

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