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Contributions of the Industry Involvement in Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Design Projects

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Fostering Business and Professional Skills in the Engineering Classroom

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Civil Engineering

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16

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https://peer.asee.org/30224

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Ashraf Badir P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Badir is an Associate Professor in the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at the U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering in Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned his B.Sc. (1982) in Civil Engineering and M.Sc. (1985) in Structural Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. He also holds a M.Sc. (1989) and a Ph.D. (1992) in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Long Duy Nguyen P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Long Nguyen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). Before joining FGCU, he was the deputy director of Tuan Le Construction and a lecturer at Bach Khoa University (BKU). Prior to his tenure at BKU, he worked as a construction consultant at Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc. in Walnut Creek, CA. He is a professional engineer registered in California. He earned his B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from BKU in 1999, M.Eng. in Construction Engineering and Management from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in 2003, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering – Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

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Robert O'Neill P.E. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. ROBERT (BOB) J. O’NEILL is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering, U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University. He received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy in 1975, an M.S. in Structural Engineering and an M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1993. Prior to his coming to FGCU he was a Professor of Engineering at Roger Williams University and an Associate Professor and Director of the Civil Engineering Analysis Group at the United States Military Academy. Dr. O’ Neill is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has been active at the national level with ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), Committee on Faculty Development (CFD) and Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) initiative. Dr. O’Neill is a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Florida, Nevada and Virginia. He is a civil engineering program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). He is an American Society of Civil Engineering Fellow (ASCE), a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

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Kristoph-Dietrich Kinzli Colorado School of Mines

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Dr. Kristoph Kinzli joined Colorado School of Mines as a Teaching Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in December 2016. He received B.S. and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He also holds an M.S. in fisheries biology from Colorado State University. Prior to joining Mines, Dr. Kinzli was an associate professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Dr. Kinzli has worked on research projects in Colorado with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and in New Mexico with the Interstate Stream Commission, the Bureau of Reclamation, New Mexico Tech, and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. He currently is Joint Editor for Irrigation and Drainage - Managing Water for Sustainable Agriculture. He is a member of ASCE, AWRA, USCID, Chi Epsilon, and the American Fisheries Society. Dr. Kinzli is involved in the ASCE ExCEEd teaching workshop and is extremely interested in improving engineering education through active learning. His research interests include interactive teaching, open channel hydraulics, river mechanics, stream rehabilitation, groundwater, water resources, agricultural water use, fisheries biology, and ecological restoration.

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Simeon J. Komisar Florida Gulf Coast University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-5114-8406

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Dr. Komisar is the Program Director of Environmental Engineering at FGCU

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Jong-Yeop Kim Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Jong-Yeop Kim joined FGCU as Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in January 2009. Dr. Kim graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Environmental Engineering from Ajou University, South Korea in 1998, and received his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003. While he pursued a Master of Science degree in Georgia Tech, he worked in stormwater and wastewater treatment industry in Columbus, GA. Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida in 2006. Prior to his appointment at FGCU, he worked as Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Associate for Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida.

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Abstract

Extensive literature indicates that industry involvement in capstone design courses provides benefits to students, faculty, and industry practitioners. This paper presents the civil and environmental engineering senior design curricula at AAA University and the contributions of industry participants to student experiential learning. Practitioners have been involved in various roles, including project mentors for capstone design projects and/or judges for students’ capstone design project presentations. This paper provides course assessment and student feedback regarding the multiple aspects of the capstone design course. Practitioners, through the students, are provided by new ways of looking at and solving problems. Practitioners, through their involvement, provide valuable feedback to the faculty and students that enriches the overall experience gained in the capstone design course. This feedback helps improve student performance on their project and provides them with additional tools to carry forward to their engineering careers. A survey was conducted to obtain insights into the contributions of industry involvement in the capstone design course from the perspective of practitioners. This paper reports the results of this survey and describes two successful projects.

Badir, A., & Nguyen, L. D., & O'Neill, R., & Kinzli, K., & Komisar, S. J., & Kim, J. (2018, June), Contributions of the Industry Involvement in Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Design Projects Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30224

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