• Sustainability Concepts

    Learning Objectives: 1. Introduce the concepts of life cycle assessment and embodied energy. 2. Discuss definitions of sustainability 3. Calculate embodied energy on a construction site.

    Keywords: sustainability, embodied energy, life cycle assessment, foundation design

  • Engineering Critique

    Learning Objectives: 1. Prepare students for writing their civil engineering critique essay. 2. Explore the art of persuasion. 3. Practice crafting thesis statements. 4. Emphasize ASCE reference format. 5. Go over details of essay assignment.

    Keywords: engineering critique, technical writing, thesis statement, social, scientific, symbolic

  • Introduction to Water Resources Engineering

    Learning Objectives: 1. Introduce students to water resources engineering. 2. Teach the concepts of capacity and demand related to stormwater management. 3. Discuss probablility of storm/rainfall occurrence. 4. Emphasize the importance of water resources engineering by studying and discussing the Johnstown flood of 1889 and associated dam failure. 5. Learn how an earthen dam works. 6. Explore ethical and engineering decisions and consequences of the South Fork dam failure at Johnstown.

  • Introduction to Transportation Engineering

    Learning Objectives: 1. Introduce transportation engineering. 2. Highlight the different projects in which geotechnical engineers engage, including the projects involving current university students 3. Link transportation infrastructure to economic prosperity. 4. Analyze transportation networks with simulations. 5. Introduce queueing theory concepts and apply them to shipping port design.

    Keywords: Transportation engineering, transportation network, transportation safety, queueing theory

  • Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering

    Learning Objectives: 1.Define geotechical engineering. 2. Highlight the different projects in which geotechnical engineers engage, including the current projects involving current university students. 3. Explore the different machinery used in the field and for conducting tests. 4. Analyze the impact of geotechnical engineering through the 3 S's. 5. Conduct mechnically stabilized earth in class demonstrations.

  • Ethics and Professional Licensure

    Learning Objectives: 1.Present and discuss ASCE code of ethics. 2. Encourage ASCE membership. 3. Discuss professional licensure and ethical obligations.

    Keywords: ASCE Code of Ethics, Professional Licensure

    Categories: Virginia Tech, Ethics

  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering

    Learning Objectives: 1.Provide an overview of the major areas of environmental engineering - water and air quality. 2. Present the chemistry of environmental engineering. 3. Discuss spects of drinking water treatment.

    Keywords: Katmandhu earthquake, Henry's law, hardness, alkalinity, lead and copper, corrosion, acids and bases



  • Introduction to Land Development Engineering

    Learning Objectives: 1.Introduce land development engineering. 2. Discuss engineering protocols for conversion of land for commercial, residential, and industrial uses. 3. Provide an overview and examples of a typical land development team that includes engineers, architects, attorneys, and surveyors. 4. Consider land development within social and historical contexts. 5. Provide example calculations that emphasize interdisciplinary engineering and economic analyses required in land development.


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