Asee peer logo

Enhancing the Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Program at Brigham Young University through On-Campus Internships and Graduate Student Mentors

Download Paper |

Conference

2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Capstone Design

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

23.539.1 - 23.539.12

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/19553

Download Count

31

Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

E James Nelson Brigham Young University

author page

Tatevik Christensen

biography

Fernando S Fonseca Brigham Young University

visit author page

Fernando S. Fonseca obtained BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University in 1987 and 1988, and a PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a Voting Member of MSJC main committee and of the Flexural, Shear, and Axial Loads Subcommittee. Since 1996 he has been on the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Brigham Young University. His research efforts are in Masonry Structures and Wood Structures.

visit author page

biography

A. Woodruff Miller Brigham Young University

visit author page

Received PhD from Stanford University in 1975. Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at BYU for over 35 years. Department Chair from 2000 to 2006.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

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

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2013 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015