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Developing a Collaborative Undergraduate STEM Program in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

ConstDiv Technical Session 5 - Pedagogy & Accreditation II

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Construction Engineering

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12

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https://peer.asee.org/32629

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10

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Carla Lopez del Puerto University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

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Carla Lopez del Puerto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Surveying at The University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez.

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Humberto Eduardo Cavallin University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus

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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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Jose L. Perdomo University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus

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Jonathan Munoz Barreto University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

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Oscar Marcelo Suarez University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez 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 and the principal investigator of the Collaborative Hub on Additive Metals Manufacturing and Processing (CHAMMP) funded by the US Dept. of Defense.

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Fabio Andrade University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez 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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Abstract

After a natural disaster, multiple disciplines need to come together to rebuild the damaged infrastructure using new paradigms. For instance, urgent restoration of services demand to abridge the projects’ schedule and provide innovative solutions, thus making collaboration and integration essential for the project’s success. Commonly, the academic preparation of scholars on infrastructure-related disciplines takes place in isolated professional domains, rarely tackling interdisciplinary problems and/or learn from the systematic research of previous experiences. In Puerto Rico, the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria has heightened awareness regarding the education on infrastructure-related disciplines to provide transdisciplinary solutions to pertinent complex challenges. This taxing context compels the academia to train a new cadre of professionals properly prepared in those STEM disciplines. Further, current public awareness of the vulnerability of the existing infrastructure creates an opportunity to recruit and prepare students to become those much-needed professionals. The present work offers the conceptual framework of a collaborative effort among Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) to develop an interdisciplinary program in resilient and sustainable infrastructure. The framework includes the development of transformational pedagogic interventions and changes that will challenge the disciplinary splits among AEC. The framework targets values and skills for inter and transdisciplinary problem solving, as well as helps smooth the transition from academic education to professional practice. To implement the initiative, the project created a collaborative platform among three campuses of the University of Puerto Rico System. Each of these campuses offers a different educational component relevant to the enriching educational initiative. We expect this approach to create a new breed of professionals ready to face the challenges posed for the development of robust infrastructure. The strategy fosters readiness in environmental design in engineering and construction through evidence-based design and inter/transdisciplinary problem solving. Thus, this research contributes to the body of knowledge by presenting a collaborative effort to train future professionals to design and build a robust infrastructure that can overcome the impact of major natural catastrophes.

Lopez del Puerto, C., & Cavallin, H. E., & Perdomo, J. L., & Munoz Barreto, J., & Suarez, O. M., & Andrade, F. (2019, June), Developing a Collaborative Undergraduate STEM Program in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32629

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