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Understanding the Significance of Integrating Codes and Standards into the Learning Environment

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Engineering Libraries Division Technical Session 2

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Engineering Libraries

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Virginia Charter P.E. Oklahoma State University

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Virginia Charter has her BS in Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University and MS in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at OSU.

Ms. Charter is the Program Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at OSU’s Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology program where she teaches Fire Protection Hydraulics and Water Supply Analysis as well as Design and Analysis of Sprinkler Systems. Her research interests include fire protection systems, codes and standards, as well as educational effectiveness and women in STEM. She serves as the advisor to the OSU SFPE Student Chapter and is an active member in the Oklahoma Chapter of SFPE. She is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer in Nevada, California and Oklahoma.

Prior to returning to OSU, Ms. Charter was a Senior Consultant for the Las Vegas office of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. Ms. Charter has been heavily involved in large mixed-use properties egress design. She has developed performance specifications and conceptual drawings for fire alarm and automatic sprinkler systems, as well as construction design documents including fire protection reports, code equivalencies, and general code consulting for many projects across the nation and abroad. Additionally, she has valuable technical knowledge in smoke control analysis including the commissioning of smoke control systems.

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Bryan Lawrence Hoskins Oklahoma State University

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Dr. Hoskins is an Assistant Professor of Fire Protection & Safety at Oklahoma State University. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2011 with an emphasis on building egress. He has primarily taught classes related to codes and standards and has worked on grants related to effectively teaching codes and standards. Dr. Hoskins serves on technical committees for NFPA 101 and NFPA 72 as well as being the chair of the working group that has developed the SFPE Research Roadmap. His research interests are in evacuation, tenability, emergency messaging, and other issues related to human behavior in fire.

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Samuel B. Montgomery Oklahoma State University

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Short video models as a learning resource can easily be integrated into existing undergraduate, graduate, and professional development courses. This project includes the development of video modules to educate students about the role of codes and standards in engineering and technology disciplines, particularly fire protection engineering and related fields. The objective of the videos is to help students and other viewers understand the standard development process and the applications of codes and standards. The standards to be addressed in the videos are product standards (e.g. ones from Underwriters Laboratories and Factory Mutual), installation and maintenance standards (e.g. standards related to systems from the National Fire Protection Association), and model codes (e.g. ones from the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association). This paper addresses the need for the videos, the development process, and testing the first module prepared for the effectiveness. The module was tested on a freshmen level undergraduate course.

Charter, V., & Hoskins, B. L., & Montgomery, S. B. (2018, June), Understanding the Significance of Integrating Codes and Standards into the Learning Environment Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31181

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