June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
23.305.1 - 23.305.12
Community Service Driven Student Senior Project and back to Community for ImplementationAbstractAfter the devastating earthquake of January 2010 destroyed most of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, andkilled hundreds of thousands of people, many international non-governmental organizations(NGOs) descended on the Caribbean island nation to help not only in search and rescue but alsoin the reconstruction.The author took with him three architectural engineering undergraduate students from____University to Haiti to help in the reconstruction efforts for one week. The students were somuch motivated to volunteer their services to the community that three summer internships wereorganized for the students through one of the many NGOs in Haiti. The students spent most ofthe summer out in the community and were able focus on what the community was lacking inorder to move forward with safe repairs of damaged buildings and construction of safe andsustainable earthquake resistant buildings.By the end of the summer internships, two of the students had identified a problem that needed tobe addressed which in turn became their respective senior projects. This paper reports on thetwo senior projects that were driven by the community service. The scope of the first projectwas to manufacture and test applicability of a device that may be used to accurately determinethe compressive strength of concrete masonry block in the field. The device had to be easy totransport, easy to use for unskilled operators and gave test results were easy to interpret that wereavailable on the spot. The second project’s scope was to design and test a training device forbuilding professionals to demonstrate the behavior of confined masonry buildings under a cyclic(earthquake) loading. Simulation of earthquake loading by shaking the table and removal ofsome building elements made it easier to communicate the design concepts during the trainings.Upon graduation, the two students were offered employment by two different NGOs in Haitiwhere they are currently implementing the results of their senior projects back in the community.
Mwangi, J. P. (2013, June), Community Service Driven Student Senior Project and back to Community for Implementation Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19319
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