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The Interdisciplinary, Project-Based Infrastructure Degradation Curriculum at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The Interdisciplinary, Project-Based Infrastructure Degradation Curriculum at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Author(s): Aaron Sakulich (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA), Tahar El-Korchi (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA) and Richard D. Sisson Jr. (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 15
Source title: Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hwee Ling Lim (The Petroleum Institute, UAE)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8183-5.ch004

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Abstract

In 2014, a new graduate-level course on infrastructure degradation was offered jointly by the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), USA. Over the course of the fourteen-week graduate term, seven professors from both departments offered lectures on their particular area of expertise. Together with conventional homework assignments, the course incorporated a multidisciplinary project aspect where students were divided into teams and assigned an infrastructure system. The students prepared detailed presentations on a specific aspect of the degradation methods affecting their infrastructure system. These presentations culminated in the first ever WPI Degradation Symposium, in which each student team presented a poster based on their research. This chapter outlined the motivation behind, experience with, and lessons learned from this course, which may serve as a model in corrosion education as such issues become more important with the continuing decay of the worldwide built environment.

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