Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
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. https://peer.asee.org/30089
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