May Meeting Recap
We had a pretty good crowd on hand for our last lunch meeting before the summer break to hear a presentation on the new Civil Engineering Program at the University of Georgia, which was started in 2012. Dr. Stephan Durham, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Structural and Materials Engineering opened with a little history of engineering at UGA. UGA offered a BS Degree in Civil Engineering from 1883 to 1932, when the State of Georgia consolidated all engineering degree programs at Georgia Tech. Engineering resurfaced at UGA in 1993 with a Degree offered in Biological Engineering; followed by Computer Systems in 2007, Biochemical and Environmental in 2008. Traditional Engineering Degrees in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical were reinstituted in 2012-2013.
The current Civil Engineering College has 6 Faculty and approximately 180 Students, with the first graduating class expected in 2015. Dr. Durham went over some general details on the type program offered at UGA; with particular focus being made on creating “blue collar” or work ready engineers. Specific examples given were classes on engineering failure case studies, construction project field trips, design build projects, urbanization problem solving projects, etc. Dr. Durham added that concrete and concrete making materials was big part of the curriculum and that involvement with ACI was key with ACI Field Tech certification being offered as part of their concrete materials class. He thanked the GA Chapter ACI for making certification available to his students.
Dr. Durham closed with some course study specifics and a mention of the great industry response to the new program with more than 12 companies currently offering student internships.
The slide deck was made available for our member review. Chapter Vice-President, Angela San Martin, closed with our Georgia Chapter Cup presentation and thanked everyone for their attendance and support.