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The 5Ws of the Third Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

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The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge, 3rd Edition: Preparing the Future Civil Engineer

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Civil Engineering

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Kenneth J. Fridley University of Alabama

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Kenneth J. Fridley is the Senior Associate Dean for the College of Engineering at The University of Alabama. Prior to his current appointment, Fridley served as Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alabama. Dr. Fridley has been recognized as a dedicated educator throughout his career and has received several awards for his teaching efforts, including the ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Leadership Award in 2010. At the University of Alabama, Fridley has led efforts to establish several new programs including new undergraduate degree programs in construction engineering, architectural engineering and environmental engineering, a departmental Scholars program allowing highly qualified students an accelerated program to earn their MSCE in addition to their BS degree, the interdisciplinary "Cube" promoting innovation in engineering, and the cross-disciplinary MSCE/MBA and MSCE/JD dual-degree programs.

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Decker B. Hains Western Michigan University

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Dr. Decker B. Hains is a Master Faculty Specialist in the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering at Western Michigan University. He is a retired US Army Officer serving 22 years on active duty with the US Army Corps of Engineers and taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from USMA in 1994, Master of Science degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage in Arctic Engineering in 1998 and Missouri University Science & Technology in Civil Engineering in 1999, and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in 2004. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

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Leslie Nolen CAE 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 brings over 20 years of association management experience to her work with ASCE's Committee on Education on issues of importance to the undergraduate and graduate level education of civil engineers.

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In October, 2016, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) launched the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee (CEBOK3TC), with the charge to critically review published literature regarding the future of engineering, other disciplines, and civil engineering practice; evaluate the second edition of the civil engineering body of knowledge (CEBOK2); proactively solicit constituent input; determine if a third edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (CEBOK3) report was warranted; and, if warranted, develop the CEBOK3 report. The CEBOK3TC completed its charge, including determining that the CEBOK3 was warranted, in the fall of 2018. The CEBOK3 report was prepared by the CEBOK3TC and will be published by ASCE in the spring of 2019. This paper will provide an overview of the CEBOK3, focusing on the “Who, What, When, Where, and Why” of the CEBOK3: 1. Who was involved in developing in the CEBOK3, and who should be interested in it? 2. What was done to develop the CEBOK3, and what should be done with it? 3. When was the civil engineering community informed about the CEBOK3, and when will it be implemented? 4. Where can additional information be found regarding the CEBOK3, and where can a copy of the report be obtained? 5. Why did the CEBOK3 get developed, and why should someone care about it?

The paper is a follow-up to updates on the CEBOK3 at the 2017 and 2018 ASEE Annual Conventions and will present thorough answers to these questions, providing a comprehensive overview of the CEBOK3TC’s effort and the process it followed to complete its charge. The primary purpose of this paper, similar to the two previous papers, is to once again update the civil engineering community on the progress of the CEBOK3TC and, with its charge completed, to present an overview of the new CEBOK3.

Fridley, K. J., & Hains, D. B., & Nolen, L. (2019, June), The 5Ws of the Third Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33368

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