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IEEE November 10 - 13, 1999 San Juan, Puerto Rico

By Reinventing Civil Engineering, Rafael L. Bras (mit, David E. Daniel (u. Illinois, Chris Hendrickson (cmu, Karl A. Smith (u Minn and Herb Levitan (nsf/due


Introduction Civil engineering, the oldest engineering discipline, is facing unprecedented challenges. The world we live in today is vastly different from that of fifty years ago. Information technology has become ubiquitous in our society, new technologies are emerging, and learning paradigms and cognitive psychology are pointing the way to more effective education. Students are searching for an educational experience that prepares them for a variety of jobs, yet the curriculum and educational paradigm for civil engineers remains virtually unchanged over the past half century. Civil engineering technicians are serving in positions that would have been filled by civil engineering graduates in the past, and other professionals are filling some executive positions that had been reserved for civil engineers. New civil engineering graduates have the lowest engineering starting salaries, and the civil engineer has the bottom median salary of all fields of engineering There is a clarion ca

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