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Twenty-First Century Civil Engineering: An Overview of Who, What, and Where

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011

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2153-5965

Conference Session

The CE Profession: Perspectives from the U.S. & Canada

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Civil Engineering

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24

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22.1557.1 - 22.1557.24

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https://peer.asee.org/18391

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Tanya Kunberger Florida Gulf Coast University

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Dr. Tanya Kunberger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Dr. Kunberger received her B.C.E. and certificate in Geochemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a minor in Soil Science from North Carolina State University. Her areas of specialization are geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering. Educational areas of interest are self-efficacy and persistence in engineering and development of an interest in STEM topics in K-12 students.

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Steven J. Burian University of Utah

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Steven J. Burian is an Associate Professor in the Urban Water Group of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. Dr. Burian teaches courses in sustainable urban water engineering, stormwater management and design, water management, hydrology, hydraulics, sustainable design, flood modeling, and hydrologic field measurements. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S.E. in Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The University of Alabama. Dr. Burian’s research team contributes to the engineering of sustainable and secure urban systems. Research areas include stormwater management and green infrastructure, urban water, extreme floods, urban impacts on the water cycle and climate, and the water energy-nexus. Dr. Burian is active in numerous professional societies including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Water Resources Association (AWRA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS), and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). He is currently the co-Director of Sustainability Curriculum Development at the University of Utah and the chair of the ASCE Rainwater Harvesting technical committee. He is a registered professional engineer in Utah.

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Whitney A. Lutey Montana State University

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Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Teaching construction practice, construction estimating and construction scheduling from the professional practice point of view. Ms. Lutey earned her Master of Construction Engineering Management from Montana State University in 1997. Primary research included incentive programs for productivity in construction, and TQM approaches in a construction. Along with viability for a prefabricated underground storage tanks business.
Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology, and Minor in Industrial & Management Engineering, Montana State University, 1996. Her current research encompasses safety culture and pedagogy of safety.

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Audra N. Morse Texas Tech University

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Robert O'Neill Florida Gulf Coast University

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Robert (Bob) O'Neill is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering in the U.A. Whitaker School of Engineering. Dr. O'Neill received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975, M.S. in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from Stanford University in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1993. Before joining FGCU in August of 2006, he was a Professor of Civil Engineering at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Prior to his tenure at Roger Williams University, he served as a member of the senior faculty in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at West Point.

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Kristen L. Sanford Bernhardt P.E. Lafayette College Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-7115-0119

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Andrea L. Welker Villanova University

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Dr. Andrea L. Welker, P.E., is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Villanova University. Dr. Welker, a geotechnical engineer, teaches the following classes: Geology for Engineers, Soil Mechanics, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Geotechnical Capstone Design, Foundation Design, Geosynthetics, Geoenvironmental Engineering, and Professional Practice. Most of Dr. Welker’s research focuses on the geotechnical aspects of stormwater control measures. In addition to her teaching and research duties, Dr. Welker is the study abroad coordinator and the assessment chair for her department.

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Abstract

Twenty-First Century Civil Engineering: An Overview of Who, What, and WhereAbstractFrom the erection of the Ġgantija temples and the pyramids of Egypt to the design andconstruction of One World Trade Center, civil engineers have played a crucial role in improvingthe quality of life for mankind. As societal needs have evolved, so have the materials, methods,and technology used by the engineers in response to these needs. Civil engineering has severalsub-disciplines that have developed as the years progressed, including Construction,Environmental, Geotechnical, Transportation, Structures, and Water Resources, with individualsin each of these specialization areas increasingly being tasked to meet the ever growingchallenges implicit in today’s society.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2008 roughly 278,400 (17.4%) of the 1.6million engineering jobs in the United States were in the area of civil engineering. Ifenvironmental engineering is considered in the calculations, the numbers rise to 332,700 and20.8%, respectively. Projections of employment numbers into 2018 show civil andenvironmental engineering possessing anticipated growth rates of twenty-four and thirty-onepercent respectively. These rates are considered to be much faster than the average for alloccupations and lag behind only biomedical in the engineering field which suggests that the civilengineering workforce will continue to be critical for society both now and into the future.This paper will provide an overview of civil engineering in general, and of the sub-disciplines inparticular. Demographics as a function of sub-discipline, location, type of position (government,private, education, etc), and length of experience will be discussed. Also included will beinformation on the evolution and current status of societies and specialized certifications as wellas projections of the future workforce demand. The primary objective is to address questionsregarding knowledge of the civil engineering workforce of today.This abstract is submitted at the specific invitation and request of Tom Lenox, the coordinatorof the ASCE Liaison Committee’s program for the CE Division of ASEE in 2011. It should beconsidered for inclusion in the session(s) that Tom Lenox is organizing and moderating.

Kunberger, T., & Burian, S. J., & Lutey, W. A., & Morse, A. N., & O'Neill, R., & Sanford Bernhardt, K. L., & Welker, A. L. (2011, June), Twenty-First Century Civil Engineering: An Overview of Who, What, and Where Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18391

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