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Forthcoming presentations

March 15, 2011:
Workshop: Playing with fire (Jean Batista Abreu), University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

March 17, 2011: Buckling of Structures: A historical perspective, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Student Chapter, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

May 10-13, 2011:
Faculty Workshop, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

June 26, 2011:
ASEE Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

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ill titleWhat have others done that is related?

Special courses at graduate level have been implemented in some universities. For example, the PI has implemented a graduate course INCI 8049 at UPRM on the “Behavior of Structures with Damage” (Godoy 2000). Delatte & Rens (2002) mention several ways in which case studies of failures can permeate undergraduate education:
(a) By implementing upper-level elective courses on “Failures of Structures”.
(b) By including failure cases in Capstone Design Courses.
(c) By integrating case-studies into existing undergraduate courses.

All three approaches rely on case studies. The first approach requires the creation of a new course, which is a difficult option in view of the heavy course-load that is characteristic of engineering programs. The second and third approaches use already existing courses, so they do not add new credits to the curricula. An example of Capstone Courses in which the students consider failure situations was presented by Rendon-Herrero (1998). The survey of the ASCE- TCFE Committee concluded that the best way to introduce undergraduates to failure analysis and lessons learned from failures was to include case studies in existing undergraduate courses. A challenge toward this approach is the lack of instructional material required to be used by an instructor.