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Board 7: REU Site: Sustainability of Horizontal Civil Networks in Rural Areas

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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Shannon Bartelt-Hunt University of Nebraska, Lincoln

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Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Nebraska. She received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia and her research focuses on the fate and transport of biologically-active organic contaminants in agricultural systems and water reuse in agriculture. She is a faculty fellow of the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska and maintains a courtesy appointment in the Department of Environmental, Occupational and Agricultural Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has published over 95 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, was awarded an NSF CAREER award in 2012, and in 2015 was a member of a team receiving the Grand Prize for University Research from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Dr. Bartelt-Hunt teaches an introductory course in environmental engineering as well as environmental engineering chemistry and solid waste management and has received university and national awards recognizing her teaching. She served as graduate chair in the Department of Civil Engineering from 2013-2016 and in 2014, was named a R. Vernon McBroom Engineering Leadership fellow in the College of Engineering.

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Rural areas, which contain approximately 20% of the US population and 80% of the land area in the United States, are fundamental to human well-being. Rural areas provide unique resources such as the infrastructure for food and bioenergy production as well as the transportation infrastructure form inland urban centers to ports. Despite this, little attention is paid to the unique challenges and opportunities for sustainable rural civil infrastructure. Substantial challenges facing sustainable rural development include low population densities; communities experiencing flat or negative population growth; and the close connections between rural communities and their surrounding natural environment, and necessitate new technologies and approaches for civil infrastructure in these areas. The primary focus of our REU site will be on sustainable rural infrastructure with emphasis in three areas: (1) environmental and water resources in rural and/or agricultural areas; (2) structural engineering and materials research for sustainable rural civil infrastructure; and (3) sustainable transportation research. These projects are based in fundamental research, but in many cases, include field sites or testbeds located in rural communities. The objectives of this REU site are to (1) provide research experiences to undergraduate students from institutions with limited research opportunities and from minority groups underrepresented in STEM; (2) provide participants with first-hand exposure to the engineering and infrastructure challenges facing the rural United States through research and professional development opportunities in both academia and civil engineering industry; and (3) promote and sustain the interest of undergraduate students in pursuing graduate education in STEM.

This poster will present results regarding student recruitment and diversity of our cohort, as well as research outcomes from our REU students.

Bartelt-Hunt, S. (2018, June), Board 7: REU Site: Sustainability of Horizontal Civil Networks in Rural Areas Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30089

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