Interfacing Academia and the Practicing Professionby Reidar Bjorhovde, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, United States,
Abstract: The paper presents a discussion of current topics and instructional methods in structural engineering in the United States. Following a review of typical subject matter in analysis and design courses, it is stressed that all too often, a graduating student has limited appreciation of things practical. It is suggested that through a carefully developed program of university-profession cooperation, not only will the quality of instruction be enhanced, but the continuing contact and feedback for both parties will produce engineers that truly reflect the state-of-the-art as they leave the university to begin their careers.
Subject Headings: Engineering education | Professional development | Students | Team building | Colleges and universities | Stress analysis | North America | United States
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