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Educating Engineers in Coastal Resiliency with a Global Perspective on Climate Change

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

End Date

June 26, 2021

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Integrating Sustainability and Resilience Concepts into Courses

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Civil Engineering

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Corinna Marie Fleischmann P.E. U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Commander Corinna Fleischmann is the Program Chair for Civil Engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. She has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut, a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy from which she graduated in 1998. She holds a professional engineering license in the state of Florida and a certification as a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor through the National Sustainable Building Advisors Program.
CDR Fleischmann joined the faculty at USCGA in 2004 and was selected as a member of the Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff in 2009. Her research focuses on mitigation of impacts of stormwater in the urban environment and undergraduate engineering education. While at the Academy, she has been an assistant coach on the men’s and women’s swim teams, faculty affiliate for the women’s softball team, advisor for numerous clubs, and a member of the faculty senate.
Prior to joining the Coast Guard Academy faculty, CDR Fleischmann was assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Elm where she served two tours: as a Deck Watch Officer and Assistant Navigator and as the Operations Officer. In 2001, CDR Fleischmann became a member of the Facilities Engineering Branch at the USCGA. During this tour, she served as both the Safety Officer and the Construction Officer where she was the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) as well as Civil Engineering Project Manager for the Academy’s $5.2 million dollar construction program including all aspects of the construction process: cost estimation, general scopes of work, management of change orders and contractor evaluations.

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Hudson V. Jackson U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Dr. Jackson received his PhD from Rutgers University, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 30 years of consulting, academic and research experience. He is currently a Professor of Civil Engineering at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT

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Brian Maggi P.E. United States Coast Guard Academy

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The future demands civil engineering graduates have an appreciation for the climate-related challenges that lie ahead and that they are exposed to current solutions or, at least, means of mitigation for these anticipated dilemmas. In an effort to educate future civil engineering graduates from the United States Coast Guard Academy (CGA) on the global impacts of climate change, an elective course, Coastal Resiliency was introduced into the curriculum. The objective of the course is to provide exposure to the impacts of climate change and foster a general understanding of the analytical and adaptation methods used to improve the resiliency of civil engineering infrastructure. The course is structured to foster student focused learning by engaging students to research key issues of climate science and engineering adaptation that promotes the development of information literacy skills. The interdisciplinary make-up of the students and term project requirements reinforce the development of teamwork, problem-solving, and communication skills. The use of a variety of learning techniques, and the infusion of global perspectives that includes how different regions of the world are addressing climate change and adaptation planning, has been particularly enriching to the student experience. The authors discuss how CGA has incorporated climate science into engineering education and how the course provides exposure to best practices used in civil engineering to promote infrastructure resiliency in a changing environment.

Fleischmann, C. M., & Jackson, H. V., & Maggi, B. (2020, June), Educating Engineers in Coastal Resiliency with a Global Perspective on Climate Change Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34489

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