June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
11.519.1 - 11.519.12
POSSIBLE SESSIONS: 10. Innovative Curriculum in Engineering Technology
1. Curriculum Development in Civil Engineering Tech.
20. The Future/Direction of Engineering Technology
Effective use of Technology Teaching Structural Analysis and Design
This paper describes the history of successful implementation of technology over the past 10 years in which enrollment in a Structural Analysis and Design Engineering Technology program has increased several-fold. The program has received high marks by external evaluators and at presentations at conferences on engineering technology education. It should be noted that most of the existing testing equipment used in the laboratories was built by students in the program.
The technology described in the paper can be divided into the following groups: Computers used for analysis and data acquisition in structural testing; transducers such as load cells, accelerometers and strain gages used in structural testing; loading apparatus built for structural testing; structural elements including reinforced and prestressed concrete beams and frames; and steel beams and frames. The paper also describes the steps leading to modernization of the program, including transformation of the curriculum, implementation of computer methods, and the addition of realistic laboratory experimentation and report writing.
Success of the program is evidenced by accomplishments of its former students. Graduates of the program are successfully employed in federal and state government agencies, consulting engineering firms, construction companies, utility services, and a few have established their own engineering companies. Many have been successful in passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam, the first step toward professional engineering registration in the State of Texas.
The Structural Analysis and Design program suffered from low enrollment in the early 1990’s due to instructional use of manual methods of structural analysis and lack of hands-on experience in structural testing. In order to increase enrollments, a new program coordinator was asked to join the program. The professor had many years of industrial experience related to the application of modern technology in structural engineering in two distinct aspects: Finite element analysis and structural testing.
As a first step in changing the program, he applied for a Laboratory Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation and was awarded a grant upon first application. The NSF grant was funded and focused on effective application of modern technology using computers and testing equipment to teach structural analysis and design. Two additional faculty members with
Tito-Izquierdo, J., & Gomez-Rivas, A., & Pincus, G. (2006, June), Effective Use Of Technology Teaching Structural Analysis And Design Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--7
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