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Engaging Student Learning Through Public Service Projects

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Crossing Boundaries - Service Learning and Interdisciplinary Teams

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23.491.1 - 23.491.8



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Philip A. Dunn Jr. P.E. University of Maine

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Philip Dunn is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Technology Program at the University of Maine and serves as the coordinator of the program. He has been with the University for 10 years after having worked 20 years with the Maine Department of Transportation. He is very active in his community serving in several professional, fraternal, and community boards. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Maine. He is married with 2 children.

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Engaging Student Learning Through Public Service Projects “Hands on” experiences help students better apply what is learned in the classroom.Construction students learn to manage construction projects and need to develop ability inleadership, organizational skills, and customer relations. Unfortunately, the classroom canonly provide the background and theory for any of these people oriented skills. At our University, we encourage our students to engage in public service projects togive back to the community. We have established relationships with a few non-profitorganizations to have our students complete projects at these non-profit organizations.Usually, these projects are funded by the non-profit organization and the students becomethe contractor. The students set up the parameters of the project and organize the wholeeffort to the final product. We have had successful engagements and satisfied customers.The experience has been very worthwhile to our students.

Dunn, P. A. (2013, June), Engaging Student Learning Through Public Service Projects Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19505

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