San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.952.1 - 25.952.12
Exposure to Global Engineering by Research and Travel AbstractStructural changes in the Panama Canal will influence ship design, internationallyexported products, world commerce, and global capability to become moreefficient. Engineering students become more familiar with the global limits oftrans-oceanic tonnage capacities and payload size through research and directexperience. As ship size increases in length and tonnage capacity, superstructureproducts will diversify and increase in availability. Domestic manufacturing oftowers, propellers, and other monolithic works may be outsourced to best nicheworldwide producers. National inadequacies for infrastructure development maybe addressed in part by transoceanic canal expansion. This paper covers theexperience and methods of a first year civil engineering cohort in understandingtheoretically and substantively the broadening opportunities through study anddirect exposure to the Panama Canal. Learner outcomes are deepened bymeaningful observation of professionals at work in expansion of the PanamaCanal. Paradigm shifting impressions on potential and possible careerachievements are part of expected learner outcomes as well as an emphasis onglobal awareness and interdependence. Institutional outcomes are the preserving offirst year students via a Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation(SMART) style event. A team design and build project is included in thecurriculum to augment traditional modalities of learning through building andcollaboration. Introduction and overview of core engineering disciplines withpowerful examples of modern works are prolific. Design theory will be introducedand monitored throughout project work to improve working team environments.Confidence and desire to continue in the program is facilitated by successful taskcompletion by the team projects. Vision of career capstone projects is increased bya trip by ship crossing through the Panama Canal via an ocean liner. Scalarity ofthe Panama Canal will be impressed vis-à-vis first hand witnessing of the civilwork. Sacrifice and hard work on the part of the students will grow confidence andassuredness in a future career as an engineer.
Safai, N. M., & Thompson, C. F. (2012, June), Moving Towards Global Competency for Engineering Students Through Travel and Classroom Lectures Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21709
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