June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Design in Engineering Education
23.539.1 - 23.539.12
Enhancing the Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Program at Brigham Young University through On-Campus Internships and Graduate Student MentorsCulminating educational experiences such as capstone design projects are playing anincreasingly important role in meeting the educational objectives of Civil & EnvironmentalEngineering degrees. In recent years both ASCE and ABET have placed a focus on thedevelopment of management, leadership and general business skills. Capstone programs offer anideal environment not only to provide a synthesis of the fundamental technical engineering skillsin developing a culminating design project, but also to create an opportunity to focus on all of theprofessional practice skills necessary for students to become future leaders in their field.Recognizing the opportunity to enhance development of these complimentary professional skillsin the curriculum the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Brigham YoungUniversity (BYU) has revamped their capstone class to provide experience in real-world hands-on projects, communication, project management, mentoring, leadership, and teamwork. Thisevolving program engages graduate students as mentors and facilitators of industry sponsoredprojects. Undergraduate student teams have the opportunity to practice important collaborationskills while completing their design project independently as an on-campus internship.Since the program was first piloted in 2010 fifteen different agencies and companies havesponsored more than thirty projects. This paper will describe the evolution of this innovativecapstone experience, and explain the current program at BYU. It will compare the BYU CEEnprogram with other university capstone programs and provide suggestions on improving it basedon the comparative research.
Nelson, E. J., & Christensen, T., & Fonseca, F. S., & Miller, A. W. (2013, June), Enhancing the Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Program at Brigham Young University through On-Campus Internships and Graduate Student Mentors Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19553
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