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Industry-Aligned Interdisciplinary Program Design

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Architectural Division Technical Session 1

Tagged Division

Architectural

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16

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https://peer.asee.org/28524

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41

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Morad Rachid Atif Texas A&M University

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Dr. Morad Atif is the Director of Architectural Engineering and Professor of Practice at Texas A&M University. He held executive positions at the National Research Council of Canada, including Director-General of the Institute of Research in Construction and of Canada’s National Building and Energy Codes; Director of the Indoor Environment Research Program and of the Canadian Center of Housing Technology. He served as Chairman of the International Energy Agency’s Executive Committee of Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems; Vice-Chair of Continental Automated Building Association, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Canadian Standard Association’s Construction & Infrastructure. He holds a PhD from Texas A&M University and a Master of Architectural Technology from University of California, Los Angeles. His research focus is on the energy efficiency and environmental control systems of buildings, and development of industry-driven innovation and educational programs for the built environment.

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Samantha Michele Shields Texas A&M University

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Samantha Shields is currently working on her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M University, where she is concentrating on Teacher Education and Technology. Mrs. Shields taught an adjunct lecturer in the College of Education’s Teaching, Learning, and Culture department before transitioning to serving as a graduate assistant in the Center for Teaching Excellence, where she helps to develop curriculum.

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Debra A. Fowler Texas A&M University

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Dr. Debra Fowler serves the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University. Following 16 years working in industry she completed a Ph.D. is in Interdisciplinary Engineering with a specific focus on engineering education from Texas A&M University. Her research areas of focus are faculty perspectives and growth through curriculum design and redesign, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, reflective eportfolios and professional development of graduate students related to teaching.

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David E. Claridge P.E. Texas A&M University

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David Claridge is the Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and the Leland Jordan Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and a Professional Engineer. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Walla Walla College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Stanford University. He is internationally known for his work on energy efficiency. He pioneered development of the process of existing building commissioning which is today generally recognized as THE most cost-effective way to reduce energy use in buildings, and accounts for several hundred million dollars of engineering effort annually. He was a major contributor to the methods used to measure energy savings in the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol and ASHRAE Guideline 14. These documents are used as the basis for determining the savings in billions of dollars of contracts held by Energy Service Companies. He is also the co-inventor of a disruptive new refrigerant-free air conditioner technology that promises to substantially increase air conditioning efficiency, while providing better comfort and producing pure water as a by-product. He holds 18 patents, is author of over 400 journal and conference papers, has been PI or Co-PI on over $40 million in projects, is a Fellow ASME and of ASHRAE, is an Honorary International Member of the Society of Heating, Air-conditioning and Sanitary Engineers of Japan in recognition of his contributions to energy efficiency in buildings, and received the Faculty Distinguished Achievement in Research Award from the Texas A&M Association of Former Students.

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Abstract

The faculty at Texas A&M University anchored the development of a new architectural engineering program with industry consultation and feedback to enable its graduates to meet evolving demands of the building sector and societal expectations for the built environment. Architectural engineering is inherently an interdisciplinary field of study and profession that spans across several disciplines such as engineering, architecture, construction science and management, mathematics and physics. The program design brought together faculty from six departments housed in the College of Architecture and the College of Engineering, whose collective areas of expertise cover most of the key technical knowledge areas of architectural engineering. Industry input was collected from building engineering firms through consultation workshops early on in the process, as well as maintained throughout, using the ABET learning outcome requirements as a foundation for the development of the proposed knowledge and skills for each graduate. The data collected resulted in further industry engagement in program implementation and outreach and helped develop a learning program that will equip architectural engineering students with the ability to adjust to the evolving demands of the building sector. The paper will highlight experiences throughout the process, a review of similar programs, as well as examples of the program outcomes, rubrics, and curriculum map.

Atif , M. R., & Shields, S. M., & Fowler, D. A., & Claridge, D. E. (2017, June), Industry-Aligned Interdisciplinary Program Design Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28524

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