June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
College Industry Partnerships and Graduate Studies
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Faculty and student involvement in a graduate level civil engineering seminarIn an effort to establish a "community of learning" within the Civil Engineering Department, anew graduate seminar series was created. Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty,private consultants, and public servants are provided with the opportunity to learn from eachother during this weekly one-hour seminar. During the course of the semester, presentationscover each of the four sub-disciplines within the Civil Engineering Department: geotechnical,structural, environmental, and transportation. Each week the seminar is presented by either:speakers from industry (private consulting, federal, state, or municipal government), a facultymember, two graduate students, or two undergraduate students. The speakers from industry andfaculty present a 45 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of questions, while each studentwill present a 20 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions.Students may register for the seminar series as a zero credit hour, pass-fail class. This class isrequired for all civil engineering graduate students to fulfill requirements for graduation, andmust be taken at least once during a student's graduate studies. To successfully complete theclass, the student must attend 15 of 16 seminars during the course of the semester. The student'sgraduate committee ensures the student has successfully completed the class.Outside of benefiting graduate students, the seminar series provides a way to transfer knowledgebetween those in engineering practice and members of academia. The series also serves as a wayfor professional engineers to earn free PDH credits, and provides an opportunity for members ofengineering practice and members of academia to network.Involvement of faculty, students, and members of industry was evaluated (using ratios of numberof people notified to number of people attending). An evaluation of the cost-benefit of providingthe seminar series is presented.
Coffman, R. A., & Hale, M. (2011, June), Faculty and Student Involvement in a Graduate Level Civil Engineering Seminar Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17988
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