June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Goethals’ Infrastructure Challenge Part 2: The Challenge BeginsStudents will do just about anything that is asked of them, if their professors are willing to ask. TheGoethals’ Infrastructure Challenge (GIC) was designed to inspire students envision a better future,unleash their creativity, and apply their social, technical, political, and economic skills to address a“wicked problem.” Building on work from last year, West Point in conjunction with the US ArmyEngineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), the Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) at theUniversity of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt University and Utah State University completed thesmall and large scale pilot tests the GIC with stellar results. The focus of these pilots was to prove theconcept of an online based, open-ended question competition’s ability to inspire students to achieveunique and applicable solutions to some of our most complex infrastructure problems, while meetingsome of the most challenging ABET student outcomes required of Civil Engineering programs. Usingproven metrics for evaluating student performance, the GIC pilots have shown that the nature of CivilEngineering student competitions is only limited by the creativity of those who are asking the studentsthe questions. During these pilots, the students were able, in a four day competition, to create asolution to a wicked problem that encompassed not only a technical solution, but also address theproblem’ s , political, social and economic aspects. The results show that once the students are askedthe question they will try to (and do) rise to whatever challenge is presented to them. With successfulpilots completed, the GIC will be offered nationwide starting in the spring of 2015.
Spittka, B., & Wright, E. R., & Hart, S. D., & Hansen, E. (2014, June), Goethals’ Infrastructure Challenge Part 2: The Challenge Begins Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20537
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