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Title: Reforming civil engineering education given the challenges related to infrastructure engineering and management
Authors: Aktan, Ahmet Emin
Balaguru, P.
Ghasemi, Hamid M.
Mufti, A.
McCabe, S.
Keywords: Civil engineering--Study and teaching;Environmental engineering--Study and teaching
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
Citation: Keynote paper presented at Second International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure, Shenzhen, China, July 2005. Retrieved March 16, 2006, from http://www.di3.drexel.edu.
Abstract: In this paper, the authors review and evaluate some of the pressing specific problems that we face as a society and that have been traditionally entrusted to civil and environmental engineers. There is ample evidence that the state-of-the practice is not sufficiently qualified to address daunting problems related to the safe and efficient performance of infrastructures with the current approaches to feasibility analysis, financing, design, construction, operation, protection, inspection, maintenance and renewal. Especially, the concerns related to protecting infrastructures against hazards have been further emphasized in relation to homeland security. Properly educated and trained civil engineers are in fact essential as coordinators of multi-disciplinary teams responsible for addressing such large system of systems problems and integrators of related technology. The research and education strategy needs, and the need for new paradigms to help change the status quo of civil engineering education and research are discussed. A multidisciplinary research and education initiative that will be “field-centered, i.e. grounded on the reality of actual operating infrastructures, is formulated. Such an approach to civil engineering education and research is defended as essential to assure the graduates will be qualified to address our current problems with the engineering and management of infrastructure systems.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/753
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