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Capstone Design Alumni Survey

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



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Challenges in Engineering, Models in Professional Programs, Capstone Design and Function Generator for Educational Environment

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23.269.1 - 23.269.9



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John Aidoo Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Dr. Aidoo is currently an associate professor of Civil Engineering Department at Rose-Hulman Institute Technology. Prior to this appointment, he worked as the Bridge design engineer at South Carolina Department of Transportation. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Science & Technology in Ghana in 1997 and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. His research activities include repair and strengthening of buildings and bridges using Advanced Composite Materials, laboratory and field testing of structures and the fatigue behavior of concrete bridges.

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Shannon M. Sipes Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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James H. Hanson Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Matthew D. Lovell P.E. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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Capstone Design Alumni SurveyAbstractIn 2005, the Department of Civil Engineering at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT)decided to incorporate an international component into its 18 year old capstone senior designcourse. Over the last 8 years, the department has offered at least one international design projectevery year.The Civil Engineering Department and the Office of Institutional Research, Planning andAssessment (IRPA) of RHIT have implemented an annual assessment on both the short and longterm impact of international design projects. Despite the associated challenges with internationalprojects, results indicate that the short term benefits are immediate and profound. To assess thelong term benefits, civil engineering alumni from 2004 through 2011 were asked to participate ina survey on their senior design experience and how this experience has impacted theirprofessional growth.A total of 84 alumni completed the survey. This paper discusses the results of the data collectedduring this phase of the assessment process. Major comparisons are presented between two mainalumni groups: those who undertook international projects and those who took part in domesticprojects. From the responses obtained from the survey, one of the main conclusions that can bedrawn is, those who did international design projects are much more likely to undertakeinternational trips to do humanitarian work.

Aidoo, J., & Sipes, S. M., & Hanson, J. H., & Lovell, M. D. (2013, June), Capstone Design Alumni Survey Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19283

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