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International Collaboration on a Professional Development Course

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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Capstone and Collaborations in Civil Engineering

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Civil Engineering

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Glen F Koorey ViaStrada Ltd. Orcid 16x16

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Glen recently rejoined consultancy with ViaStrada Ltd, after 12 years as a Senior Lecturer in Transportation in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury. Prior to joining Canterbury in 2004, he worked for 10 years as a transportation engineer and traffic researcher for Opus International Consultants. Glen’s wide-ranging experience includes considerable research and consulting work on road safety modelling, pedestrian/cycle planning & design, speed management, crash analysis, and the design and operation of rural two-lane highways. At Canterbury, Glen taught professional design project courses since 2006 and also delivered oral and written presentation skills to students for many years. Since 2013 he was responsible for the introduction of a new professional engineering skills course to final-year BE students.

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Mark W. Milke P.E. University of Canterbury Orcid 16x16

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Mark Milke is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since 1991 he has taught and conducted research there on solid waste management, design for civil and natural resources engineers, engineering decision-making, professional engineering development and other topics in civil and environmental engineering. He was an Associate Editor for the international research journal Waste Management from 2003-2009, and has been Associate Editor for Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems since 2014. He has a BSc from Harvey Mudd College, a MSc from Univ. Wisconsin—Madison, and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, and he is a New Zealand Chartered Professional Engineer. From 2009-2015 he has led the curriculum review process in his department, and has been a leader in curriculum innovations by developing new courses in engineering design, communication skills portfolio, and professional engineering development.

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Norb Delatte P.E. Cleveland State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Norbert J. Delatte, Jr., P.E., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cleveland State University. He is the author of Beyond Failure: Forensic Case Studies for Civil Engineers (ASCE Press, 2009). In addition, he is the Editor of ASCE’s Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. Dr. Delatte is a registered professional engineer in the States of Ohio and Alabama and in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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A 4th year course entitled “Professional Engineering Development” has been offered for the past few years at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. The course is required for students in the civil engineering and natural resources engineering bachelors’ degree programs. The course was developed based on input from the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Unlike in the U.S., an engineering degree in New Zealand does not require a substantial general education component. Course topics include engineering history, investigation of failure cases, teamwork, ethics, risk management, and engineering today and tomorrow. This paper details the development of the course to date and its associated assessments, and discusses lessons learnt in teaching professional engineering skills in this format. It also compares trends in education on professional development in New Zealand and in the U.S. During July and August 2015, the third author, a visiting Erskine scholar from the U.S. taught part of the course, offering the opportunity to compare and contrast teaching professional development in the two countries. While the requirement for a robust general education curriculum at U.S. universities should theoretically provide an advantage for U.S. students over New Zealanders with respect to professional development topics, that wasn’t really borne out in this case. The New Zealand professional development course discussed in this paper might be a good model for institutions in the U.S. and elsewhere to consider. However, it does bring its own challenges to be addressed, particularly student acceptance of the need to learn these “non-technical” skills.

Koorey, G. F., & Milke, M. W., & Delatte, N. (2016, June), International Collaboration on a Professional Development Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25445

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