Professional Practice and Design Students Developing Solutions for Local Issues

As students approach graduation, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a unique experience to prepare students to enter the work force. Through the 4910 course, students are given the opportunity to solve real world issues in the local community. For Spring 2019, two sections of 4910 are working on two separate issues in Salt Lake City area.

Dr. Steve Burian, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is leading students in a Water and Environmental Engineering project with the City Creek Water Treatments Facility. Dr. Burian's class is working to develop an idea and preliminary engineering design of a water supply solution to maximize the yield of City Creek as a water supply source for Salt Lake City. Students are provided engineering and global objectives for them to meet as they work on solutions for the project.

Dr. Doug Schmucker, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is leading students in a Civil Engineering project, working to develop concepts and preliminary engineering design of a replacement bridge at 200 S over the Jordan River in Salt Lake City.  Dr. Schmucker noted some items the students will need to consider as they move forward. “The bridge’s location adjacent to the historic Albert Fisher Mansion and Carriage House adds important architectural, heritage, and destination criteria to the replacement the project.  The recently completed Jordan River Parkway Trail must also be accommodated in the design as are fairly difficult demands from adjacent water infrastructure.”

Previous projects presented by students have been implemented to resolve issue identified in the community. This experience provides students a taste of the real world because they are working with industry professionals and solving relevant issues. Not only does this give students real world work experience, but they are also helping the community.

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Keep checking in with us, will provide updates on the progress of the projects through the semester.