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Development of Effective Extracurricular Construction Technology Education Programs for University and Industry Collaborations

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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Industry Collaboration in Construction Education

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24.423.1 - 24.423.11



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Dan Koo Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Dr. Koo is an assistant professor in the department of engineering and technology at Indiana University and Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Dr. Koo is also a registered PE. Dr. Koo’s research and professional activities are primarily focused on heavy civil infrastructure system, underground infrastructure system management and development, trenchless engineering, and sustainability. Dr. Koo received a Ph. D in Civil and Environmental Engineering and MS in Construction Management at Arizona State University in 2007 and 2003 respectively; and a BE degree in Civil Engineering from South Korea in 1999.

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J. William White AIA Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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J. William White AIA is a lecturer with the Construction Engineering Management Technology program within the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis. He is a registered architect who has more than 23 years of varied construction industry experience. Mr. White has undergraduate degrees from Indiana University and Ball State University and a masters degree from Purdue University Indianapolis. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. His professional interests include great architecture and all things related to construction innovation.

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Veto Matthew Ray Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Mr. Matt Ray is a lecturer for the Construction Engineering Management Technology Program offered through the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He currently provides instruction for Soils and Foundations, Construction Cost and Bidding, Construction Project Cost and Production Control as well as managing the Certificate of Training in Asset Management. He is a graduate of Purdue School of Engineering and Technology receiving degrees in Construction Technology, Architectural Technology, and a Masters in Facility Management. His field experience includes residential construction and light commercial. He has been an architectural designer as well as a superintendent for single and multi-family construction projects. Mr. Ray worked as an engineering and design manager in the Building Component Manufacturing Industry for over fifteen years.

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Development of Effective Extracurricular Construction Technology Education Programs for University and Industry CollaborationsCollegiate level construction engineering and management education has been significantlygrowing in recent decades as the construction industry keeps increasing demands for qualifiedentry level construction managers who receive college level construction education. Theconstruction industry aims to hire ready-to-work students with strong fundamental constructionknowledge and appropriate practical skill sets including internship experience and extracurricularprograms. The fundamental construction knowledge curriculum is well drafted in mostconstruction programs, but the practical skill set is not sufficient. Therefore, many constructionprograms now require several credits of official internship as a part of the program requirements.However, practical implementation of extracurricular programs has not been effectivelystructured in many construction programs mainly due to lack of university-industry collaboration,missing guidance of best practices, and insufficient level of student interest. Extracurricularprograms such as living lab concept, supporting professional engineering service, and trainingneed a strong collaborative relationship between the industry and the construction program.Several attempts have been introduced to develop effective extracurricular constructiontechnology education programs. This paper will consider three: 1) a living lab as a practicalconcept to use local community as a real infrastructure development opportunity; 2)Aprofessional product review process provides technical education opportunities to the student andprofessional service to local municipal governments; and 3) An online training program for bothindustry professionals and students that provides professional training opportunities to seniorstudents in the program.The authors present key issues identified from their experience developing the extracurricularprograms in their construction program and discuss the influences on improving studentreadiness through these extracurricular programs.

Koo, D., & White, J. W., & Ray, V. M. (2014, June), Development of Effective Extracurricular Construction Technology Education Programs for University and Industry Collaborations Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20314

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