June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
The United States Military Academy (USMA) seeks to educate and inspire their civil engineering students through a rigorous and realistic academic program. One of the introductory courses in the civil engineering program is a broad-based infrastructure engineering course that incorporates multiple engineering disciplines. The course exposes students to foundational concepts like landfill operations, conventional water treatment methods, electrical transmission and distribution, and traffic flow theory, while being adaptable enough to field more contemporary issues as well. A recent contemporary issue addressed in the course is sustainability in design, one of the newest curriculum criteria established by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for civil engineering programs. The purpose of this paper is to propose a way of integrating and assessing the new ABET civil engineering program curriculum criteria of sustainability in design, specifically through the assessment of a project-based learning experience in an infrastructure engineering course. The project consists of an investigation and assessment of a proposed site with existing infrastructure as a potential base of operations in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. This paper outlines the scope of the culminating project, which includes a summary of the students’ findings via an executive summary, briefing, and oral exam. A threefold assessment is presented with respect to the course objectives, department mission to educate and inspire, and the civil engineering program student outcomes.
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