This semester, Civil and Environmental Engineering
students in the senior design capstone class (CEVE 480) enjoyed
a completely new capstone experience. The Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering has redesigned the class to provide students
with an even better opportunity to showcase their engineering knowledge
and communication skills through a capstone design project.
In order to simulate as much of a real world project experience
as possible, the department brought in local practitioners to discuss
the aspects of the students’ design project. Charles Penland,
Principal Executive Director of Civil Engineering Services at Walter
P. Moore and Associates, Inc. served as the lead course instructor.
Several other professionals, such as an architect, a developer,
a project manager, a code expert, and a real estate expert visited
the class throughout the semester to share their expertise with
Seniors enrolled in the class worked in teams of four to complete
one of three interrelated design projects. Projects, all located
in a floodplain, range from the design of a 300,000 square foot
Medical Office Building, its adjacent parking garage and a new
bridge and public street. To make the project even more realistic,
students visited the project site to observe and study the site
Besides preparing students for advanced degrees and professional
practice, the redesigned course also aims at providing students
with a stronger foundation in oral and small group communication.
With the help of the Cain Project, communication instruction was
integrated into the course. The Cain Project helped the student
groups become effective work teams by teaching them about teaming
processes and providing web resources on conflict management and
team problem-solving and decision-making.
Engineering faculty who observed the request for qualifications
presentations in February reacted enthusiastically. The final presentations
gave the student teams a chance to reveal their completed design
projects and show what they had learned in their four years at
The Cain Project Congratulates
Degree Recipients in Science and
Engineering Who Participated in
Thesis Writing Groups!
and Write Well.