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Department Head Perspectives on the Current CEPC and the BOK3

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

October 19, 2019

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The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition: Preparing the Future Civil Engineer

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Civil Engineering

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Norb Delatte P.E. Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Norbert J. Delatte, Jr., P.E., is Professor and Head of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Beyond Failure: Forensic Case Studies for Civil Engineers (ASCE Press, 2009). In addition, he is the Editor of ASCE’s Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. Dr. Delatte is a registered professional engineer in the States of Ohio and Alabama and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Brock E. Barry P.E. U.S. Military Academy

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Dr. Brock E. Barry, P.E. is Professor of Engineering Education in the Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Dr. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree from University of Colorado at Boulder, and a PhD from Purdue University. Prior to pursuing a career in academics, Dr. Barry spent 10-years as a senior geotechnical engineer and project manager on projects throughout the United States. He is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states. Dr. Barry’s areas of research include assessment of professional ethics, teaching and learning in engineering education, nonverbal communication in the classroom, and learning through historical engineering accomplishments. He has authored and co-authored a significant number of journal articles and book chapters on these topics.

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Audra N. Morse P.E. Michigan Technological University

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Dr. Audra Morse, P.E., is a Professor and Department Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan Technological University. Her professional experience is focused on water and wastewater treatment, specifically water reclamation systems, membrane filtration and the fate of personal products in treatment systems. However, she has a passion to tackle diversity and inclusion issues for students and faculty in institutions of higher education.

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Camilla M. Saviz P.E. University of the Pacific

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Camilla Saviz is Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering at the University of the Pacific. She received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis. She joined Pacific in 1999 and is a registered Professional Engineer in California.

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The ASCE Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee has finalized and will soon publish the third edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK3). The second edition provided important information used in development of the Civil Engineering Program Criteria (CEPC) that have been in effect since the 2016-17 accreditation cycle. In similar fashion, the CEBOK3 will provide information that will be used in the next review of the CEPC, scheduled to begin in October 2020. The Civil Engineering Department Heads can provide valuable feedback on the importance of, and effort required to implement, the CEBOK3 undergraduate outcomes and ABET Civil Engineering Program Criteria (CEPC). Results and analysis of feedback gathered from the Civil Engineering Department Heads will be presented in this paper.

A survey addressing the CEBOK3 outcomes was developed and will be delivered through ASCE’s Department Head Collaborate online community. The intent of the survey is to capture the perspectives of civil engineering educators and leaders as related to the CEBOK3 and the CEPC. For each of the 21 outcomes listed in the CEBOK3 and individual curricular topics included in the CEPC, respondents are asked to provide feedback on: 1. importance of the Outcome, and 2. ease of implementing an Outcome or curricular topic into their existing civil engineering curriculum.

Demographic information is collected to characterize the program and institution (e.g., program size, public versus private, highest degree granted). Responses will be examined to identify any differences in feedback provided. Feedback from Civil Engineering Department Heads will provide important insight that will assist the ASCE education community in its work, and will assist in the next review and if needed, revision, of the CEPC.

COORDINATING NOTE: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the Civil Engineering Division of ASEE in 2019. It should be considered for inclusion in the sessions on “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE.” that the ASCE Liaison Committee is organizing.

Delatte, N., & Barry, B. E., & Morse, A. N., & Saviz, C. M. (2019, June), Department Head Perspectives on the Current CEPC and the BOK3 Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32584

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