Interfacing Academia and the Practicing Profession

by Reidar Bjorhovde, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


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 | Stress analysis | Colleges and universities | Professional development | Education | Structural design | Students | Structural engineering | United States

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