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P-12 Outreach - Exploring a School of Architecture's Efforts to Engage the Early Education Community

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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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Architectural Division Technical Session 2

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Carisa H. Ramming Oklahoma State University

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Carisa Ramming is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she obtained degrees in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering Construction Management. She worked in industry for six years as licensed engineer and structural consultant for Wallace Engineering in Tulsa, OK before returning to Oklahoma State as a visiting faculty member in the School of Architecture. In 2009, Professor Ramming joined the faculty full time as an assistant professor of architectural engineering. Since that time, she has taught classes in structural analysis, timber and steel design, engineering mechanics: statics, building foundations and numerical analysis. Professor Ramming has previously been named Halliburton Outstanding Young Faculty and the Outstanding Teacher for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. She has also published books for Project Lead the Way and a text on Numerical Structural Analysis. Professor Ramming enjoys spending time with the students of CEAT as the advisor of the Architectural Engineering Institute and Women Inspiring Successful Engineers.

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Steven E. O'Hara Oklahoma State University

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STEVEN O’HARA, Professor of Architectural Engineering and Licensed Engineer
Professor O’Hara received his Master of Architectural Engineering from Oklahoma State University (OSU), and has been a member of the teaching faculty at the School of Architecture since 1988. His primary areas of interest include the design and analysis of masonry, concrete and timber structures, with special interest in classical numerical structural analysis and the design of concrete structures. Professor O’Hara is one of four faculty members in the Architectural Engineering program at OSU, and as such teaches courses in the AE program at all levels; he enjoys his close mentoring relationship with the students in the AE program at OSU, as he also performs the role of their academic advisor. Outside the OSU classroom, Professor O’Hara is an Affiliate Professor of Civil Engineering and Architecture in “Project Lead the Way”, and has authored the workbook for the curriculum.
As a faculty member, Professor O’Hara has received numerous awards; in 2016 he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty award in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT), in 2015 he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Service award in CEAT and was part of the First Place team winning the Presidents Cup for Creative Interdisiplinarity at Oklahoma State University (OSU), in 2013 he was elected to the first class of Faculty Teaching Fellows at Oklahoma State University, elevated to Chapter Honor Member by Chi Epsilon and was part of the Second place team for the Presidents Cup at OSU, in 2001 he was the honored recipient of the first Melvin R. Lohmann Professorship, in 1999 he received the Chi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 1995 he was recognized as the Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU.

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P-12 Outreach – Exploring a School of Architecture’s Efforts to Engage the Early Education Community

It all comes back to that age old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The answers run the gamut but usually contain, “Architect!” However, architecture schools find themselves struggling with enrollment and retention as much as any other field. To combat this problem, the School of Architecture at developed a variety of outreach programs targeting elementary through high school age students and focus on a variety of architectural topics including: architecture, architectural engineering, landscape architecture, and construction management. These programs provide practical application on various levels and spark interest within the profession. The school participates in three outreach programs geared toward elementary and/or middle school students and two programs offered to high school students with interest in architecture or architectural engineering. These programs are ongoing in some capacity and have been offered for various amounts of time since the early 2000’s. This paper will be two-part. The first will highlight each of the community outreach programs the school offers. The second part will summarize a survey of the school’s current students. The survey will cover the student’s exposure to any of the programs that the school has offered and any impact on their career choice. It will also poll the students on any P-12 exposure to architecture they may have experienced.

Ramming, C. H., & O'Hara, S. E. (2017, June), P-12 Outreach - Exploring a School of Architecture's Efforts to Engage the Early Education Community Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28730

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