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How the New Architectural Engineering Program Criteria Differs From the New Civil Engineering Program Criteria

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Program Criteria, Assessment, and Sustainability in Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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22.786.1 - 22.786.8



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Allen C. Estes California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Allen C. Estes is a Professor and Head for the Architectural Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Until January 2007, Dr. Estes was the Director of the Civil Engineering Program at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA). He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Al Estes received a B.S. degree from USMA in 1978, M.S. degrees in Structural Engineering and in Construction Management from Stanford University in 1987 and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1997.

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How the New Architectural Engineering Program Criteria Differs From the New Civil Engineering Program CriteriaThere are 17 ABET accredited architectural engineering (AE) programs in the countryand over 200 civil engineering (CE) programs. To gain accreditation, a program mustmeet the ABET general criteria common to every engineering program and specificcriteria that are unique to an individual program. The American Society of CivilEngineers is the lead professional society in this effort for both CE and AE programs.Recently the Civil Engineers rewrote and implemented the Civil Engineering ABETProgram Criteria to incorporate changes in the ABET general criteria, the publication ofthe Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge I, and the work accomplished on ASCE Policy465. This year, a subcommittee of the Architectural Engineering Institute AcademicCouncil rewrote the ABET Program Criteria for Architectural Engineering (AE)Programs. In the process, the writers consulted many of the same documents used by thecivil engineers and faced many of the same issues. On some of these issues, the AEcommunity chose to follow the same path as the civil engineers and on other issues chosean alternative path.This paper examines the new AE Program criteria and reports on the issues and decisionsthat were made to create it. Comparisons are made with the existing program criteria andthe new civil engineering program criteria. The issues include the recognized sub-disciplines of architectural engineering, the minimum degree of attainment in each sub-discipline, the role of architecture, the role of design, the need for flexibility to preservethe uniqueness of the various programs, and the minimum requirements for math, scienceand engineering fundamentals. The CE Division will hopefully benefit from seeing thesimilar challenges in developing program criteria faced by a totally different group andthe decisions they reached.

Estes, A. C. (2011, June), How the New Architectural Engineering Program Criteria Differs From the New Civil Engineering Program Criteria Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18067

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