Student Chapters Earn Honors

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April 17, 2018

ASCE has honored California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Large Program), with the 2018 Walter LeFevre Award for its outstanding actions in promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.

The Architectural Engineering Program at the university shows a rich history of bringing professional practice, ethics, and professional licensure into the classroom. The faculty are role models in this area, with the entire eligible faculty licensed and many having decades of professional practice experience. The program boasts a consistently high percentage of students who take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and a pass rate well above the national average for those who do. The program is implementing a new reimbursement program to reward students who pass the exam. The program also incorporates an active Industry Advisory Board by inviting outside speakers for related classes and special lectures, and facilitates 15 industry-sponsored student scholarships.

ASCE has honored the Oklahoma State University School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Small Program) with the 2018 Walter LeFevre Award for its outstanding actions in promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.

Licensure, ethics, and professionalism are embedded throughout the curriculum for the bachelor of science in civil engineering degree at OSU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Three required courses (one each in the sophomore, junior, and senior years) have particular emphasis on these themes. Senior faculty ensure that students are exposed to a wide variety of professional issues by hosting outside professional speakers and bringing elements of professional practice into the classroom. Faculty and students are encouraged to seek professional licensure, and students who pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam – being well above the national average pass rate in 2016 and 2017 – receive partial reimbursement for assessment fees.

The 2018 Honorable Mention goes to the University of Nebraska (Small Program). In the university’s Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction, understanding of licensure, ethics, and professionalism begins in the freshman year with a Professional Awareness Activities form that students use to document their own activities throughout their academic career. The program includes a master of architectural engineering (MAE), a “fifth-year” master’s program that is a continuation of the first four years of students’ having earned a bachelor of science from the University of Nebraska. All students accepted to the MAE program are required to have taken the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, and the most recent data showed a 100% pass rate. Faculty integrate ethical training throughout the program, and supplement their own extensive experience with that of professionals who volunteer to mentor students, evaluate projects, and give guest lectures.

The Walter LeFevre Award recognizes academic institutions for their outstanding actions in promoting licensure, ethics, and professionalism.

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