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Evaluation of International Experiences in Sustainability Education in Civil and Construction Engineering

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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International Division Technical Session 4

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Michael Shenoda Farmingdale State College

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Michael Shenoda is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and Construction Management at Farmingdale State College in New York. He has previously served as a faculty member at other institutions, totaling over 10 years in civil and construction engineering education. Michael is a member of several professional organizations, including American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He has also been inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, and Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering National Honor Society. He has carried out research in several areas, including advanced traffic signal control, construction management, and sustainability in construction and civil engineering. Michael has also worked in the engineering industry for several years, as both a design engineer and construction inspector. He is a licensed professional engineer in New Jersey and Texas, and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.

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Sustainability in construction is practiced globally in a variety of ways that are dependent on regional customs, available resources, governmental policy, and local building and design practices. Thus, the ability to examine the practice of sustainability internationally may be considered to enhance student learning outcomes in a course on sustainable engineering and construction. This paper examines the impact of incorporating a study abroad component to such a course, as compared with a traditional on-campus offering. In particular, a study abroad program was conducted for two summers in Australia, and application of practices and rating systems in that country were used to develop projects that could be certified through the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system in the U.S. Several offerings of a traditional on-campus course were then made, with a similar project development aspect at the conclusion of each. The learning outcomes from each type of offering are compared using similar assessments, and an evaluation of the differences is made. Besides considering the benefits of study abroad programs in sustainability education, a reflection on the benefits of bringing an understanding of the global aspects of sustainability to on-campus course offerings is also made.

Shenoda, M. (2019, June), Evaluation of International Experiences in Sustainability Education in Civil and Construction Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32766

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