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Board 47: Integration of SHRP2 Solutions into Civil Engineering Curricula at Rowan, Temple, Villanova, and West Virginia Universities

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Civil Engineering Division Poster Session

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Yusuf A Mehta Rowan University

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Dr. Mehta is a Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University and Director of the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation engineering Systems (CREATEs). Dr. Mehta has extensive experience in teaching constructon materials, pavement design, and transportaiton engineering. Dr. Mehta has published several technical and educational papers in leading professional organizations.

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Ayman Ali Rowan University


Parth Bhavsar Rowan University Orcid 16x16

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Parth Bhavsar, is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. His research interests include Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), Connected, Autonomous, and connected-automated Vehicle Technologies, Transportation Data Analytics, and Alternative Fuel Vehicles. Dr. Bhavsar has published in peer reviewed journals such as the Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technology, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment and Transportation Research Record Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Dr. Bhavsar was previously a postdoctoral fellow in a connected vehicle research program in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University, where he worked on several connected vehicle technology research projects. Dr. Bhavsar received his Ph.D. degree in 2013 and his M.S. degree in 2006 from Clemson University. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on development of an evaluation framework for connected vehicle technology supported alternative fuel vehicles. Dr. Bhavsar also has three years of experience in the private sector in developing transportation engineering and planning solutions, specifically traffic micro-simulation projects.

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Seri Park Villanova University

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Seri Park, PhD, PTP, is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Villanova University. She is serving as a member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the CEE Department. She is also the faculty advisor of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter at Villanova and member of Villanova’s Transportation Subcommittee under President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. In addition to those duties at Villanova University, she is also Panel Member of various research projects sponsored by The National Academies and University Representative of Transportation research Board. Her teaching and research area include various aspects of transportation engineering, traffic safety, and sustainable infrastructure.

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Kakan C. Dey West Virginia University Orcid 16x16

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The Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) supports research efforts intended to address state and local transportation issues (e.g., traffic congestion, safety). The outcomes of these research studies are practice-ready products intended to solve transportation challenges. These products, which are developed in partnership with state agencies (as a lead), consultants, and experts from academia, can be tailored for nation-wide application. In this project, the class modules developed as part of research funded through the SHRP2 Education Connection program serve as an excellent pedagogical tool to college students in providing critical connections from concepts learnt in the classroom to the impact of the SHRP2 products in the community. In this paper, a study with the goal of increasing the interest to pursue careers in transportation engineering using SHRP2 products is presented. This study will explore the impacts of the SHRP2 modules on students’ learning by building upon the successful integration of SHRP2 modules not only in the CE curricula at Main University, but also at three other institutions, while at the same time covering a wide range of students starting at the high school level (9th grade) all the way to the doctoral level. To fulfill this goal, the study will involve the following class-room activities: 1) Strengthening the vertical integration of SHPR2 products by offering class modules in a flipped classroom format through seven courses; 2) Providing the students with hands-on, in-depth modules of select SHRP2 products at junior, senior and graduate level transportation courses; 3) Collaborating with instructors from X, Y, and Z Universities to implement vertical integration framework into their curricula; and, 4) Integrating select SHRP2 products into the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) program to expose high schools students to the readily implementable products and demonstrate the tangible benefits in their daily life. In addition, the faculty team at Main University has developed a collaboration plan to evaluate the transferability of the vertical integration model to other universities. he three universities with Main University offer the opportunity to evaluate a diverse student body and varying class sizes (20 to 80) among the four institutions (private versus public). The efficacy of the SHRP2 products vertical integration model between the four institutions are evaluated and insights will be obtained on how the developed class modules will perform across a broad spectrum of institutions in the US. Furthermore, the collaboration plan will directly benefit faculty members of X, Y, and Z universities as they will be able to utilize the existing and new class modules prepared by the Main University team. To facilitate seamless transition among the universities, Main University will invite selected instructors for a one-day workshop in January 2018. This time frame for hosting the workshop will allow faculty members of universities X, Y, and Z to incorporate the SHRP2 modules in their spring classes. The workshop will be covering the following aspects: 1) Host one-on-one discussion sessions to understand the courses and curricula at each institution; 2) Host a general discussion session to identify strategies to implement vertical integration model; and, 3) Provide access to all relevant materials such as presentations, videos, and quizzes to jump start the integration of SHRP2 products. Moreover, the paper will present an assessment of the various SHRP2 modules within the CE curriculum and the degree to which these modules are transferable to other institutions. The assessment of the modules to high school students will also be discussed and presented.

Mehta, Y. A., & Ali, A., & Bhavsar, P., & Park, S., & Dey, K. C. (2018, June), Board 47: Integration of SHRP2 Solutions into Civil Engineering Curricula at Rowan, Temple, Villanova, and West Virginia Universities Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30040

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