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Digital Imaging Activities For Civil Engineering Students

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Innovation in Curriculum Development

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10.481.1 - 10.481.8



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Shreeekanth Mandayam

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Beena Sukumaran

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Kauser Jahan

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Yusuf Mehta

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Session 3215

Digital Imaging Activities for Civil Engineering Students Kauser Jahan, Shreekanth Mandayam, Beena Sukumaran and Yusuf Mehta Rowan University, College of Engineering Glassboro, NJ 08028


Digital imaging is an exciting field with applications in all areas of engineering. It currently represents one of the major research and development focus areas with sales exceeding 10 billion dollars per year. The technology has also become a part of our daily lives through televisions, cameras, scanners and medical X-rays. Engineers play an important and expanding role in this exciting field, yet undergraduate engineering students in civil and environmental engineering are rarely exposed to digital imaging through their coursework. The College of Engineering at Rowan University received funding from NSF to integrate digital imaging technology (DIT) in our undergraduate engineering curriculum. Faculty from all engineering disciplines with expertise in DIT participated in this exciting project to develop hands-on experiments for undergraduate engineering students. Experiments developed were such that all engineering disciplines would benefit from the endeavor. Certain digital imaging experiments have generated a lot of excitement in the Civil and Environmental Engineering program as many of the laboratory experiments are extremely traditional and are required to follow standard methodology. It is anticipated that other institutions will adopt the experiments that were developed as all educational materials are provided through a dynamic website.


The College of Engineering at Rowan University received funding to establish a Digital Imaging (DI) laboratory and develop digital imaging course material by a team of Rowan faculty. Faculty with expertise in digital imaging technology from all engineering disciplines have developed hands-on experiments that can be readily used by various engineering and science disciplines. Funding was obtained from the National Science Foundation to purchase equipment to strengthen our DI laboratory and also to develop innovative educational material. Attention was given to develop material appropriate for a broad audience that includes K-12 educators/students and college students from science and engineering.

The College of Engineering at Rowan University encourages faculty to integrate innovative teaching methods to expose students to contemporary topics. One such topic that is gaining momentum and popularity is digital imaging. This is a rapidly growing field with numerous applications ranging from consumer products, health services to research in academia. The new

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Mandayam, S., & Sukumaran, B., & Jahan, K., & Mehta, Y. (2005, June), Digital Imaging Activities For Civil Engineering Students Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15158

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