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The Goethals Infrastructure Challenge: A Proposal for a New Student CompetitionThe American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and American Society of Civil Engineers(ASCE) Steel Bridge and ASCE’s Concrete Canoe competitions are a staple of civil engineeringeducation. These two competitions provide a technical design problem for students to solveunder very tight performance requirements, solution envelops, and evaluation standards whichtend to drive competitors to similar, optimized solutions. In contrast to these highly structuredproblems, both the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the American Society of CivilEngineers (ASCE) report that the engineer of the 21st Century will also be called upon to solveextremely complex, daunting, and ill-structured problems. The authors and their institutions arecurrently developing the Goethals Infrastructure Challenge as a new student competition builtaround solving the social-technical, complex adaptive, and ‘wicked’ problems associated withdesigning, constructing, operating and maintaining the world’s infrastructure. This paperexplains the organization of the Goethals Infrastructure Challenge, the student learningobjectives for participating in the challenge, the annual process used to formulate the challenge,required funding mechanism, submission procedures, judging and evaluation plans, andbudgeting and funding. In addition to being educational, this competition is designed to inspire anew generation of engineers to address the challenges we face in “restoring and improving urbaninfrastructure” and “providing access to clean water” as suggested by the NAE, managing the$2.2 trillion necessary to improve our infrastructure, and defining what infrastructure should beand do when functioning optimally in the knowledge-based, global economy of the 21st Century.For this reason, the challenge is named for George Washington Goethals who, with the buildingof the Panama Canal, transformed 20th Century infrastructure in the hope that this event willinspire the participants and the engineering profession to transform the 21st Centuryinfrastructure in a similar way.
Hart, S. D., & Shockley, J. C., & Ellis, L. R., & Spittka, B. (2013, June), The Goethals Infrastructure Challenge: A Proposal for a New Student Competition Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22588
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