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Board 16: Work in Progress: Design of “Risk and Resilience” Focused Courses for Undergraduate Engineering Education Towards a Hazard-Resilient Built Environment

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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

Civil Engineering Division Poster Session

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Civil Engineering

Page Count

15

DOI

10.18260/1-2--32280

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https://peer.asee.org/32280

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Lei Wang P.E. University of the District of Columbia

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Dr. Lei Wang is an Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Graduate Program Director of Civil Engineering Department at the University of the District of Columbia. His research interests include geotechnical risk and reliability, resilient geotechnical infrastructure, foundation engineering, supported excavation and tunneling, earthen levee and dam, soil liquefaction and geotechnical earthquake engineering. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 2013. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in California.

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Pradeep K. Behera P.E. University of the District of Columbia

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Pradeep Behera, Ph.D., P.E. DWRE, is a faculty member at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering Department. He earned his Ph. D. from the University of Toronto, Canada, in water and environmental engineering. Prior to joining to UDC, he worked as a Senior Water Resources Engineer at BPC Group, Orlando, Fla., and Clarifica, Inc., Richmond Hill, Canada. He served as a Senior Lecturer at the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India during 1990-1996. His research interests include urban stormwater management, non-point source pollution, water resources engineering, and sustainable urban water systems. He has published several research papers in peer-review journals, book chapters, and international and national conference proceedings. He is a Professional Engineer from the state of Maryland and District of Columbia and is a Diplomat from the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

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Sasan Haghani University of the District of Columbia

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Sasan Haghani, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia. His research interests include the application of wireless sensor networks in biomedical and environmental domains and performance analysis of communication systems over fading channels.

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Jiajun Xu University of the District of Columbia

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Dr. Jiajun Xu, P.E. is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at University of the District of Columbia. His research interests are Micro/Nanoscale materials for thermal Transport and Energy Conversion, Mechanical Design, Water Treatment techniques, and Multi-scale simulation. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Research office, Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Geological Survey.

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Abstract

In the last few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number and magnitude of natural and man-made hazards, which imposes a tremendous risk to the built environment. In response to the urgent needs for engineering professionals to address these hazards and improve the resilience of our built environment, it is critical to develop a workforce with risk and resilience skills to meet the increasing demand for managing disaster-resilient built environment. This paper presents our work in progress to develop and integrate a set of “risk and resilience” focused courses into engineering education for workforce towards a hazard-resilient built environment. A set of three individual courses, namely, 1) Introduction to Risk and Resiliency in Engineering, 2) Reliability and Optimization Methods in Engineering, 3) Sensing and Data Analytics for Infrastructure Systems will be developed and incorporated into curriculum. These three courses have been designed to be help address the fundamental knowledge and techniques needed for engineers to conduct the assessment, design and management of engineering systems to achieve hazard resilience. The paper provides details about the rational and course objectives, course components, and sample course projects for design and development of these courses. The developed courses can provide useful reference for others institutions to design and implement risk and resilience related courses in the civil engineering curriculum.

Wang, L., & Behera, P. K., & Haghani, S., & Xu, J. (2019, June), Board 16: Work in Progress: Design of “Risk and Resilience” Focused Courses for Undergraduate Engineering Education Towards a Hazard-Resilient Built Environment Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32280

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