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Knowledge Of Contemporary Issues Held By Engineering Students

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Trends in Construction Engineering Education I

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14.827.1 - 14.827.11



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Enno Koehn Lamar University

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Enno “Ed” Koehn is Professor of Civil Engineering at Lamar University. Dr. Koehn has served as the principle investigator for several research and development projects dealing with various aspects of construction. He also has experience in the design, scheduling, and estimating of facilities. He has authored/co-authored over 200 papers in engineering education, as well as the general areas of civil and construction engineering. Dr. Koehn is a member of ASEE, AACE International, ASCE, NSPE, Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and is a registered Professional Engineer and Surveyor.

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Kishore Gopal Vaska Lamar University

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Kishore was awarded a Master of Engineering (Civil) degree from Lamar University. He has worked as an engineer for Viswashanti Consultants where he assisted in caculating speed flow relationships of traffic along a mid block corridor with varying geometry.

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Kartik Paruchuri Lamar University

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Kartik was awarded the Master of Engineering (Civil) degree from Lamar University. He received his undergraduate degree in India.

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James Koehn Chadron State College

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James F. Koehn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business and Economics at Chadron State College, Nebraska, where he is also the Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center. Koehn currently serves on the Education Advisory Committee of the Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Accounting degrees from Rice University and earned a Juris Doctor from Baylor University. Koehn has worked for an international accounting firm in both their Houston and New York City offices, and he practiced tax and corporate law in Austin, Texas. Dr. Koehn is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the State Bar of Texas.

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Knowledge of Contemporary Issues Held By Engineering Students

Abstract The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has ruled that students should have a knowledge of contemporary issues. In this regard, it is obvious that, today, engineering is conducted on a global scale and is becoming very important for the nation as well as the whole world. Therefore, every student should pursue knowledge of contemporary and past information regarding various engineering issues. This paper presents the level of understanding of typical contemporary issues held by the engineering students. It also compares the knowledge of students enrolled at other engineering schools. The data may be utilized by institutions to measure and compare the level of contemporary issues held by their students. Introduction Today it is believed that future engineering students will be enrolled in programs that need fundamental changes. For example, at present programs in U.S are falling short in attracting and retaining those who should form the vanguard of the next generation of engineers. According to some sources, the enrollment in engineering programs is decreasing. The present educational system was generally developed in the 1950s and was suitable for that time5. But today’s first- year engineering students were not even born when this occurred. Today, engineering programs should be conducted on a global scale with industrial practice activities heavily required along with team work projects. Unfortunately, however, some engineering educators discourage teamwork by labeling it as a process in “cheating”1. It has been written that currently engineering students are prepared for jobs that don’t yet exist using technologies that haven’t yet been invented in order to solve problems we don’t even know we have5. In addition changes are needed in engineering education to address the 3Ns: numbers, needs, and new knowledge5. There also is a need for professionals to make changes in the practice of engineering. The 1986 failure of the space shuttle Challenger has become a classic example, with the conflict between engineers and managers providing the kind of dramatic tension that assists students to remember the facts and issues8,10. Such case studies may be categorized as recent history, incidents that remain fresh in the minds of professionals. It is important to introduce various other case studies in the class room as they will help students to gain knowledge on contemporary issues. It may be stated that design is a timeless endeavor and failure an ageless problem. The construction industry may be considered as an example. The nature of construction can be classified as complex, vast, pervasive, diverse, changing and finally evolving. Many research and development programs are being undertaken by the industry. They are conducted mainly for construction companies to excel in regards to strategies driven by cash flow, profit, project schedule and project backlog which means accumulation of unfulfilled orders held by the firm.

Koehn, E., & Vaska, K. G., & Paruchuri, K., & Koehn, J. (2009, June), Knowledge Of Contemporary Issues Held By Engineering Students Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4866

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