July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Community Engagement Division
Critical transportation and mobility needs led local authorities to establish a $200 million airport infrastructure improvement program, which was solely focused on increasing roadway network capacity. This program included three new interchanges and a realignment of the primary airport access road. The capstone design project at University “X” focused on determining an optimal solution for one of the new interchange locations. The use of this real-world assignment as a capstone project was enthusiastically supported by the region’s airport authority, presiding local jurisdictions, engineering and construction community. Students worked in teams of 5-6 to develop multi-faceted solutions to meet the needs of the larger community over course of two semesters of their senior year. A total of 19 practicing professional engineers worked with students and provided design guidance for each of the project’s sub-discipline areas. At the end of the spring semester, student teams presented their detailed interchange designs including traffic, roadway, structural, geotechnical, drainage, construction and project management. The professional engineer’s expert review panel asked questions indicative of public meetings, evaluated presentations, ranked winning presentations, and provided valuable feedback. Students learned how to synthesize real world design standards, the process to meet desired needs, and to deal with real world environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability constraints. This project provided a great opportunity for academic enrichment and intellectual engagement where students applied their knowledge to benefit the community. This paper will discuss motivation for the project, student learning activities, assessment of educational outcomes, lessons learned, conclusions, and suggestions for future research.
Ghanat, S. T., & Davis, W. J., & Mays, T. W., & Burke, R., & Brown, K. T., & Ryan, J. C. (2021, July), Engagement in Practice: Capstone Design of a Real-world Transportation Interchange Project Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://strategy.asee.org/37035
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