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Leveraging the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card in the STEM Classroom

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE

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Civil Engineering

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Janey Camp P.E. Vanderbilt University

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Dr. Janey Camp is a research assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, a licensed civil engineer in the state of Tennessee, and a certified GIS Professional. Dr. Camp's research work focuses development of improved methodologies for risk analysis and management for organizations, application of GIS-based tools for improved decision support; evaluating the impacts of climate change and natural hazards on transportation infrastructure; studying coupled human and natural system factors in response to environmental stresses; evaluating the impacts of hydraulic fracing on local communities; and more recently, investigating the tradeoffs and interconnectivity between water, energy, and transportation under times of stress (flood and drought). In many of these efforts, she works closely with graduate students across disciplines and has served on several dissertation committees. She has a unique ability to translate science into useful information for stakeholders through her 5+ years of experience working with K12 educators on integration of GIS into STEM classrooms. Dr. Camp's work has been published in several refereed journals, and she has presented her research at a variety of noteworthy forums including the Transportation Research Board (TRB). She is the recipient of the ASCE Tennessee Section 2011 Young Engineer of the Year Award, the 2012 ASCE Citizen Engineer Award, the 2015 Nashville Emerging Leaders Award in Environment and Sustainability and one of the 2015 Insight into Diversity 100 Women in STEM Awards, and more recently the 2016 ASCE Nashville Branch Outstanding Engineering Educator. Dr. Camp has served on the ASCE National Committee on America's Infrastructure, assisting with both the 2013 and upcoming 2017 U.S. Infrastructure Report Cards. She also serves her community as education outreach chair for the Nashville Branch of ASCE, President of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers, a member of ASCE’s EWRI Young Professionals Council, as well as participating locally on advisory boards for two Nashville area high school STEM academies and the Tennessee Department of Education’s STEM Industry Advisory Council.

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Leslie Nolen American Society of Civil Engineers

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Leslie Nolen, CAE, serves as director, educational activities for the American Society of Civil Engineers. She works with ASCE's Committee on Education on issues of importance to the undergraduate and graduate level education of civil engineers.

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Carolyn Sofman American Society of Civil Engineers

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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a national report card for America’s infrastructure systems and the next release is set for spring of 2017. The Report Card provides not only an assessment of our infrastructure, but also an opportunity to engage and educate both the public and students in conversations about engineering. Beyond providing grades similar to a student’s report card for 16 different categories of infrastructure across the country, the Report Card also addresses topics such as condition, capacity, resilience, and areas of innovation. Presented through a highly interactive website and mobile app, this can be a living tool for classroom conversations and investigations into engineering principles, design life, policy, and infrastructure systems. The Report Card, associated graphics and metrics, and the “grading” process itself can be utilized for students to begin inquiry-based learning through their own examination and evaluation of the infrastructure in their communities and beyond. This paper provides insight into the Infrastructure Report Card, how it was developed, and recommendations for utilization in the classroom. Examples include investigating infrastructure types (grades K-6), exploring local infrastructure and discussing safety, resilience and sustainability issues (grades 6-12), and exploring the economics of infrastructure (undergraduate engineering students).

COORDINATING NOTE: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the CE Division of ASEE in 2017. It should be considered for inclusion in the session “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE.” that Tom Lenox is organizing.

Camp, J., & Nolen, L., & Sofman, C. (2017, June), Leveraging the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card in the STEM Classroom Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28628

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