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Conducting State-of the-art Research in an Institution with a Strong Undergraduate Education Focus

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Involving Undergraduates in Research

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Civil Engineering

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23.326.1 - 23.326.13



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Yusuf A Mehta Rowan University

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Dr. Mehta is an associate professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. Dr. Mehta has extensive experience in teaching pavement materials and pavement systems. Dr. Mehta has published several technical and educational papers in leading professional organizations.

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Ralph Alan Dusseau P.E. Rowan University

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Dr. Ralph Alan Dusseau, P.E., is professor and founding chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. Before coming to Rowan University in August 1995, Dr. Dusseau was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University from 1985 to 1995. Dr. Dusseau received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University in 1978, 1982, and 1985, respecitvely. Dr. Dusseau's area of expertise is bridge engineering with an emphasis on seismic analysis of bridge structures.

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Ravi P. Ramachandran Rowan University

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Dr. Ravi P. Ramachandran received his bachelor's degree in Engineering with great distinction from Concordia University in 1984 and his master's degree in Engineering from McGill University in 1986. He earned his Ph.D. degree from McGill University in 1990.
From October 1990 to December 1992, he worked at the Speech Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories. From 1993 to 1997, he was a research assistant professor at Rutgers University. He was also a senior speech scientist at T-Netix from 1996 to August 1997. Since September 1997, he has worked in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rowan University and been a professor since September 2006. He has served as a consultant to T-Netix, Avenir Inc. and Motorola. From September 2002 to September 2005, he was an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Speech and Audio Processing and was on the Speech Technical Committee of the Signal
Processing society. Since September 2000, he has been on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Magazine. Since May 2002, he has been on the Digital Signal Processing Technical Committee
for the Circuits and Systems society. His research interests are in digital signal processing, speech processing, pattern recognition and filter design.

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Conducting State-of the-art Research in Pavements and ConstructionMaterials in Institution with a Strong Undergraduate Education FocusThe author is teaching at Rowan University, which is primarily focused on undergraduateeducation with a small but growing M.S. program in Civil Engineering. The typical cohort of full-time funded graduate students in Civil Engineering is around 3-4 per year. In theundergraduate program, each student in the junior and senior years has to take two cliniccredits per semester. In each of these four semesters, the students work on industry or grantfunded project. The typical workload for a full-time faculty member is nine credits, whichinclude supervision three to four clinic projects, with 3-4 students in each clinic project. Thelack of doctoral program usually could be a big limitation for faculty members to attract largeresearch funding that span over 3 to 4 years. This may be due to lack of continuity of theproject between the students and the need to retrain students during the different phases of aproject. The author has received research funding that spans 3-4 years. To ensure that projectdeliverables are met and there is a continuity throughout the project the author recruitsundergraduate students in the junior year and gets them involved in the project for the nexttwo years alongside a graduate student. The undergraduate students not only assist in testing,but also in writing reports, making presentations to sponsors and writing papers in prestigiousjournals and conferences alongside graduate students. After two years, the undergraduatestudent has two years’ experience alongside the graduate student who he is or has alreadygraduated. The undergraduate student finishes his/her baccalaureate and is ready to startgraduate studies and work on the project where the previous graduate student left-off. Thisensures that the continuity is maintained and there is very little downtime when the newstudent starts as a graduate students. This paper presents the successes and challenges facingthe author with ensuring a seamless integration between the undergraduate and graduatestudent without affecting the project outcomes. This paper will help faculty members in peerinstitutions who are seeking to be active in research.

Mehta, Y. A., & Dusseau, R. A., & Ramachandran, R. P. (2013, June), Conducting State-of the-art Research in an Institution with a Strong Undergraduate Education Focus Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19340

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