ASCE Met Section Striving to Make Civil Engineering Curricula More Practice-Oriented

by Raj P. Khera, (M.ASCE), Prof.; New Jersey Inst. of Tech., Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Newark, N.J.,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 1, Pg. 75


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Engineering education underwent rapid change in the late 1950's and early 1960's. The availability of large sums for research and the emerging aerospace and related industries gave engineering curricula a highly research-oriented thrust. Though well-versed in the physical sciences and mathematics, the new breed graduate engineers had little concept of engineering practice. The Engineering Council for Professional Development (ECPD), the major group accrediting engineering schools throughout the U.S., is dominated by educators. Concerned with deficiencies in civil engineering education, and limitations to the ECPD evaluation procedures, the ASCE Metropolitan Section has established its own team to monitor and upgrade civil engineering education.

Subject Headings: ASCE sections | Curricula | Education-practice interchange | Engineering profession

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