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The Practitioners’ Point of View of the ASCE Body of Knowledge

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession and ASCE II

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Civil Engineering

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Muthusamy Krishnamurthy P.E. Hydro Modeling Inc

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Dr. Muthusamy Krishnamurthy, P.E., Hydro Modeling Inc.
M. “Krishna” Krishnamurthy is the President of Hydro Modeling Inc and has over 42 years of experience in the hydraulics and hydrology fields. As a former Manager of Stormwater Management Division of Orange County, FL, he has hired and mentored many junior engineers to become licensed civil engineers. He is currently serving as the team chair for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and the program evaluator for ASCE.

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David Anthony Pezza P.E. Old Dominion University

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An adjunct assistant professor in the CEE Department, Old Dominion University. Retired in 2010 from U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters as Deputy Chief, Engineering and Construction after a 37 year career as a design engineer in geotechnical and coastal infrastructure. Also, a fellow and life member of ASCE and board certified Diplomate in ASCE's Academy of Geo-professionals.

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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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Abstract The American Society of Civil Engineers has established the Body of Knowledge 3 Task Committee (BOK3TC) to revisit the 2nd edition of the Body of Knowledge (BOK2) report. The Body of Knowledge defines the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to enter into the practice of civil engineering. The BOK2 Task Committee identified 24 outcomes at certain desired levels of achievement that civil engineers need to possess at the time of licensure. These outcomes are divided into three groups: (1) foundational outcomes achieved through the degree program, (2) technical outcomes achieved through the degree program, education, experience, and mentoring and (3) professional outcomes achieved through the degree program, experience and mentoring.

The BOK3TC initiated work in October 2016 and its progress has been presented in an earlier paper by Fridley [1] et al. A critical component of the completed work was the development of a survey to obtain input from the identified constituency. The survey sought input from constituents as to the relevancy of the outcomes, the appropriateness of defined levels of achievements, the validity of the definitions and to gauge perceived needs across civil engineers in academia, government, consulting, construction, sales, and so on. One apparent contrast is in the critical outcomes defined by academia with those defined by practitioners. This paper focuses on the outcomes that practitioners identified as critical to an aspiring civil engineer at the time of licensure.

Reference [1] Fridley, K.C, Hains, D.B, Nolen, L, Barry, B.E, and Hartmann B.L, “Is It Time For a Third Edition of the Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge (BOK)?”Paper ID # 18002, Proceedings of the 2017 Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, June 2017.

Coordinating Note: This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinator of the ASCE Liaison Committee’s session(s) for the CE Division of ASEE in 2018. It should be considered for inclusion in the sessions on “Educational & Professional Issues of Strategic Importance to the Civil Engineering Profession – and ASCE.” that the ASCE Liaison Committee is organizing.

Krishnamurthy, M., & Pezza, D. A., & Fridley, K. J., & Hains, D. B. (2018, June), The Practitioners’ Point of View of the ASCE Body of Knowledge Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31120

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