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Evaluation of Disaster Resilience Preparation in the Construction Education Curriculum

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Construction Engineering

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Sanjeev Adhikari Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari is faculty from Kennesaw State University. Previously he was faculty at Morehead State University from 2009 to 2016 and faculty at Purdue University – Indianapolis from 2016 to 2019. He has completed Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, focusing on construction management from Michigan Technological University in 2008. He has an extensive teaching background with a total of 18 years academic experience at five different universities. He has always been praised by students and department for his outstanding teaching and research excellence. To supplement his teaching and research, he has been involved in numerous professional societies, including ASCE, ACI, ASEE, ASC, ATMAE and TRB. His research output has been well disseminated as he has published thirty journal papers and thirty-nine conference papers. His research interests are 1) Creating Innovative Sustainable Materials, 2) Structural BIM Integration, 3) 4D/5D BIM, 4) Virtual Testing Lab, 5) Innovative Construction Demolition, and 6) Carbon Footprint Analysis on Roadways.

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Rachel D. Mosier Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Rachel Mosier is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University and is licensed as a professional engineer in Construction and Structural Engineering. Her masters and doctoral degrees are from the University of Oklahoma in Construction Administration and Engineering respectively.

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Sandeep Langar University of Texas, San Antonio Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Sandeep Langar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Construction Science in College of Architecture, Construction, and Planning at The University of Texas at San Antonio. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. He is also a licensed architect in India. Dr. Langar has authored multiple publications analyzing the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its impact on the adoption of Innovations towards Sustainability (ITS) among Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) stakeholders. He is also interested in identifying factors that lead towards the adoption of ITS among various stakeholders such as owners, architects, contractors, engineers, and others. Dr. Langar aims at identifying means and methods by which built environment can develop a symbiotic relationship with the ecosystem and in the process become resilient to natural hazards.

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The paper examines factors that impact students' learning within higher education to determine how teaching and assessment may be adapted to promote resilience in all its forms. Resilience is related to construction as it is considered vital in the built environment. The research addresses wide-ranging definitions of resilience, encompassing endurance and adaptability, and seeks to understand how these definitions impact on the learning experiences of students. The survey questions are used to determine how the students perceive about disasters such as Avalanches, Landslides, Earthquakes, Floods, Hurricanes, Winter Storms, Sinkholes, Tornadoes, Tsunami, Volcanic eruptions, Tropical Storms, and Droughts. An online survey instrument was created to circulate among construction industry students to a) evaluate their experience of disasters, b) examine the source of knowledge of resilience on natural disasters, c) measure knowledge of post-disaster evacuation, and d) evaluate disaster preparation from university education. Each of the questions is used to evaluate factors impacting evacuation and disaster resilience concepts applied by students’ families and friends. This study helps to a critical review of disaster resilience and its associated concepts within the context of higher education curriculum implementation. A correlation was found between the location students live and a desire for knowledge about extreme weather events at the college level.

Adhikari, S., & Mosier, R. D., & Langar, S. (2020, June), Evaluation of Disaster Resilience Preparation in the Construction Education Curriculum Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34603

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