This paper presents various techniques investigated by the authors to bring discussion of societal impact into two advanced structural engineering courses taught at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo within the Architectural Engineering (ARCE) department during the 2020-21 academic year. The first was an undergraduate reinforced concrete design lecture/lab class where the instructor was able to convey the stories of the individuals and events that influence the ACI 318 code and ASTM standards used for concrete design. The second was a graduate nonlinear structural behavior lecture class that involves a weekly seminar by guest speakers who presented case studies with varying social impacts that students discussed in a post-seminar forum. One seminar from the graduate class was particularly applicable to the ideas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and so more information was requested from the project engineers enabling the authors to develop a learning module – presentation and class activities – for undergraduate engineering students that addressed technical design concepts and DEI simultaneously. This paper is intended to provide some ideas to other educators (university instructors or industry mentors) on how to bring the discussion of diversity or social impact into technical conversations on structural design and retrofit.


Architectural Engineering

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