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Perceptions of Structures Coursework for Career Fulfillment from the Student and Practitioner Perspective

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Construction Engineering Division Technical Session 4

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Construction Engineering

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Rachel Mosier P.E. Oklahoma State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Rachel Mosier is an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Construction Engineering. She consulted as a structural engineer with degrees in Architectural Engineering and Construction Administration.

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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 recently 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, Tau Beta Pi, Women Inspiring Successful Engineers, and CEAT Student Council.

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Sanjeev Adhikari Kennesaw State University

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Dr. Sanjeev Adhikari is faculty from Kennesaw State University. Previously he was faculty at Morehead State University from 2009 to 2016 and faculty at Purdue University – Indianapolis from 2016 to 2019. He has completed Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, focusing on construction management from Michigan Technological University in 2008. He has an extensive teaching background with a total of 18 years academic experience at five different universities. He has always been praised by students and department for his outstanding teaching and research excellence. To supplement his teaching and research, he has been involved in numerous professional societies, including ASCE, ACI, ASEE, ASC, ATMAE and TRB. His research output has been well disseminated as he has published thirty journal papers and thirty-nine conference papers. His research interests are 1) Creating Innovative Sustainable Materials, 2) Structural BIM Integration, 3) 4D/5D BIM, 4) Virtual Testing Lab, 5) Innovative Construction Demolition, and 6) Carbon Footprint Analysis on Roadways.

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When students are not certain that a course is tied to their future career, students may place reduced value on the course content. For students in engineering and engineering technology, there are a variety of required major courses. In addition to major courses, for university degrees, a well-rounded education is required. This requirement results in general education requirements like humanities, mathematics, physics, and engineering sciences. In both major and non-major courses, student perception of value can affect their classroom participation, grades and rhetoric. This rhetoric can also be identified after graduation by industry professionals and faculty alike as they discuss the courses which are perceived to hold higher value. Lower value courses may be those which are taught by other faculty, required for accreditation or even those required by the university. This research focuses on student and practitioner perception of value of both major and non-major coursework. A survey instrument was created which compares structures or structural engineering courses to other required courses. The focus group includes architecture, architectural engineering, construction management, construction engineering technology and construction engineering students and industry professionals.

Mosier, R., & Ramming, C. H., & Adhikari, S. (2020, June), Perceptions of Structures Coursework for Career Fulfillment from the Student and Practitioner Perspective Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35049

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