University Development of Young Engineering Faculty
Engineering schools throughout the United States are beginning to experience a decline in the number and quality of American-born students pursuing the PhD in engineering. Also, several...

Engineering Education: Computer Design of Plants
Teaching civil engineering design courses is important and difficult. Civil engineering faculty are usually better prepared to teach the theoretical and scientific aspects of civil engineering....

Crisis in Engineering Education
The engineering education system has fallen into considerable disrepair at a time when there is record demand for engineering graduates. With an emphasis on the civil engineering field,...

Management Keys: Freedom to Create, Responsibility for Failure
Management policies for inventors and engineers are reviewed in this interview with Professor Dan Pletta, University Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute...

RPI's Mighty Goal: To Help Rejuvenate American Industry
During the past few decades, many U.S. engineering schools have become obsessed with engineering science and have seemed to lose interest in practical, industrial problems faced by American...

Impact of a Collective Bargaining Contract
Some five hundred institutions of higher education in the United States currently have unionized faculties. Driving forces for collective bargaining include the impact of inflation on...

Practitioners in an Academic Environment
A recent survey of Civil Engineering Education indicates that 56% of the Engineering Schools surveyed regularly utilize engineers from practice in the classroom. With the current trend...

The AccEL Program: Retreading the B.S. Degree
This paper describes a flexible and inexpensive approach to turning math and science majors into engineers. The AccEL program has very nicely overcome some of the problems of the NSF funded...

Miami Riot—Will a Phoenix Rise from Ashes—
In May, inner-city black residents of Miami, Florida, looted and burned about 300 buildings in their neighborhoods. The cause is detailed—their perception that the judicial system was...

The Personalized System of Instruction: Death Knell for the Lecture—
In most universities, teaching methods have not changed substantially since the invention of the printing press 500 years ago. Yet in recent years, some engineering schools have shown...

European Approaches to P-Delta Method of Design
During the last few years, the writer has exchanged views with Professor Adams on the subject of plastic design of multistory frames. The Canadian research work at Edmonton s influenced...

Civil Engineering Faculty Development
A method of selecting civil engineering faculty members is proposed to enhance their professional advancement. Each small to moderately large civil engineering program has been advised...

Teaching Professionalism and Ethics
Controversies surrounding the meaning of the term professionalism are examined, as well as the influence of these controversies on what should be taught to engineers in courses on professionalism....

Five Years on a Visiting Faculty
The writer has been a practicing engineer concurrently teaching part-time in an engineering school. Based on this experience he identifies the advantages that accrue to the engineer, the...

Engineering Educator-Practitioner Interchange: Challenge
Relatively little is being done in the way of meaningful interchange today. More extensive utilization of teaching seminars is suggested whereby practitioners or teams of practitioners...

Present and Future Directions in Design Education
Following an era of scientific orientation in engineering curricula, a new period of curricula change and reorientation toward the practice of engineering seems to be emerging. With this...

An Employer's Evaluation of Cooperative Education
Cooperative education differs from other forms of engineering education in that a third party has been introduced. In addition to students and faculty, we now have employers. From personal...

Motivation of Students Towards Professional Thinking
Though engineering has substantially improved civilized life, it still has many faults attributable to widespread lack of professionalism in engineering practice. Education in professionalism...

University of Wisconsin: A Success Story in Continuing Engineering Education
Each year, five times as many civil engineering practioners take short courses offered by the University of Wisconsin's Engineering Extension (WEX) as at any other school....

Building a Professionally Qualified Faculty
In a modern university, the Civil Engineering Department can adhere to the dual roles of research and educating a new generation of practitioners. A balanced faculty dedicated to both...

 

 

 

 

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