April 20, 2017
April 20, 2017
April 22, 2017
Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section
Human beings live on the surface of earth. The motionless earth surface, in truth, is made up of enormous pieces of rock plates that are slowly but constantly moving. Those pieces continually collide with and rub against one another, and, at some point in time, their edges abruptly crack or slip to release the unbearable stored energy, creating earthquakes. History frequently reminds us how destructive earthquake can be. It is essential to better prepare before the next big one arrives. With the advancement of wearable technologies and internet-of-things (IoT), more and more powerful sensors are embedded into wearable devices, which provides the opportunities to use these emerging technologies to capture the earthquake ground motions for better designs of future structures and also for use in post-earthquake rescue. The California Community College System, with its enrollment of approximately 2.5 million students, is in a prime position to grow the future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Through a U.S. Department of Education funded Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program: Accelerated STEM Pathways through Internships, Research, Engagement, and Support (ASPIRES) cooperative program between Cañada College, a Hispanic-Serving community college and San Francisco State University (SFSU), a public comprehensive university, a 10-week summer program is set up to provide opportunity for community college students to experience the excitement of the state-of-the-art research. As one of the Civil Engineering projects in this summer program, the community college students are working closely with graduate students at SFSU to evaluate the reliability and accuracy of the wearable device sensors comparing to traditional high-fidelity sensors, and to resolve the time synchronization challenge, a fundamental question on using the smart wearable device as seismic sensors. Systematic seminars and trainings are prepared as supplemental tools to help participating students get ready for upcoming challenges and provide them a meaningful research experience. The feedback from students shows that the ASPIRES program offers an effective way to engage students from community college in engineering research.
Furlanic, A. S., & Thomas, P. A., & Armas, P. J., & Parra Medina, R., & Lok, J., & Enriquez, A. G., & Pong, W., & Chen, C., & Teh, K. S., & Zhang, X., & Mahmoodi, H., & Jiang, Z. (2017, April), Engaging Community College Students in Earthquake Engineering Research with Smart Wearable Devices Paper presented at 2017 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, Tempe, Arizona. https://peer.asee.org/29215
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