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Design and Assessment of Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) Curricula for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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NSF Grantees: Sustainability

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Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session

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7

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10.18260/1-2--34386

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Carla Lopez del Puerto University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-0334-7208

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Carla López del Puerto, Ph.D. is a Professor of Construction Engineering and Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez Campus.

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Humberto Eduardo Cavallin Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-4736-1431

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Experienced Faculty with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Strong education professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) focused in Design Theory and Methods in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Social Psychology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Current research focuses on the role of architectural design on the microbiology of the built environment.

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Oscar Marcelo Suarez University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-3797-4787

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Professor Oscar Marcelo Suarez joined the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez in 2000. A Fellow of ASM International, he is the Coordinator of the Materials Science and Engineering graduate program, the first of its kind in Puerto Rico. He is also the director of the university's Nanotechnology Center Phase II, which is supported by the National Science Foundation. Currently, his work focuses on aluminum alloys, metal matrix composites, and concrete modified with nanoparticles as well as biocomposites for biocidal applications. Important components of his interests are education and outreach to underrepresented minorities.

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Jonathan Munoz Barreto

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Jose L. Perdomo University of Puerto Rico

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Jose L. Perdomo, PhD is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus.

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Drianfel E. Vázquez University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus

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Dr. Drianfel E. Vázquez is a Full Professor of the Department of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce. He is committed to research, academy and engineering practice related to structural engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, forensic engineering and Professional Ethics in Engineering. He has been devoted to various Federal Sponsored Project, currently being the Project Director of two projects for the US Department of Education and one project as Co-Principal Investigator for the NSF. Doctor Vázquez obtained his BS, MSCE and PhD from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and a Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, all of them with honors. Finally, doctor Vázquez is both a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Licensed Professional Attorney at Law and Public Notary in Puerto Rico’s jurisdiction.

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Fabio Andrade Rengifo P.E. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0002-8859-7336

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Director of the Sustainable Energy Center (SEC) and associate professor in Power electronics applied to renewable energy in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

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Luisa Guillemard University of Puerto Rico, Myagüez Campus

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Abstract

The devastation caused by recent natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes, has increased awareness regarding the importance of providing interdisciplinary solutions to complex infrastructure challenges. In October 2018, the University of Puerto Rico received a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) collaborative award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop an integrated curriculum on resilient and sustainable infrastructure. The project titled “Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainability Education – Undergraduate Program (RISE-UP) aims to educate future environmental designers and engineers to design and build a more resilient and sustainable infrastructure for Puerto Rico. This paper presents the design, initial implementation, and assessment of a curriculum encompassing synergistic interactions among these four domains: integrated project delivery, user-centered design, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and sustainability and resiliency. The project seeks to foster interdisciplinary problem-solving skills involving architects, engineers and construction managers, in order to better prepare them to face and provide solutions to minimize the impact of extreme natural environment events on infrastructure. The new curriculum stresses on problem-settings, the role that participants have on defining the characteristics of the problems that have to be solved, learning in action, reflecting on the process, and communication between the different stakeholders. This multisite and interdisciplinary program provides students with the necessary support, knowledge, and skills necessary to design and build resilient and sustainable infrastructure. This instructional endeavor consists of four courses designed to reduce gradually the difference between what students are able to accomplish with support structures and what students are able to accomplish on their own. To maximize and enhance the educational experience, the program blends a technology-infused classroom learning with broad co-curricular opportunities such as site visits, undergraduate research, and internships. As students advance in the program, they will be exposed and required to perform increasingly complex tasks. During the first year of the program, the following outcomes were achieved: 1) implementation of the faculty teamwork process to develop courses and analyze cases from an interdisciplinary perspective, 2) development and approval of an interdisciplinary curriculum on resilient and sustainable infrastructure, 3) development of case studies on situations associated with disaster and interdisciplinary responses, 4) development of a case study database, 5) establishment of an Advisory Board with government agency representatives and faculty, and 6) recruitment and enrollment of 30 students as the first RISE-UP cohort. In summary, the body of knowledge acquired from this project can serve as a model that can be replicated to develop and enhance academic programs at other institutions.

Lopez del Puerto, C., & Cavallin, H. E., & Suarez, O. M., & Munoz Barreto, J., & Perdomo, J. L., & Vázquez, D. E., & Andrade Rengifo, F., & Guillemard, L., & Troche, O. (2020, June), Design and Assessment of Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) Curricula for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34386

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