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Purdue EPICS Course on Earthquake Engineering Learning Tool Development

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Purdue EPICS Course on Earthquake Engineering Learning Tool Development


NEES is joining with Purdue University to offer a unique learning experience to undergraduate students from sophomore to senior levels in mechanical engineering (ME), civil engineering (CE), electrical and computer engineering, computer science, engineering education (EEd), and geology. These students will have the opportunity during spring 2011 semester to design and build scaled models for demonstrating emerging technologies to reduce earthquake damage.

Student teams in the two-credit Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) course will develop innovative learning tools that demonstrate emerging ideas or intelligent systems for earthquake engineering. The students will be led by a team of instructors representing various engineering disciplines and include NEES community members Dr. Sean Brophy (EEd), Dr. Shirley Dyke (ME), Dr. Ayhan Irfanoglu (CE), Dr. Santiago Pujol (CE), and Dr. Julio Ramirez (CE and NEES Center Director). For more information about the class, contact Dr. Barbara Cooper.

Purdue University created EPICS in fall 1995 to provide realistic engineering experiences for students and to improve technical service to community organizations. EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates design, build, and deploy real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. More than 2,000 Purdue students have participated in over 150 EPICS projects to date. The program's success is demonstrated by its adoption at more than 20 other universities across the country.

Purdue’s EPICS program is the national model in engineering for marrying learning and engagement, enjoying support from the National Science Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service plus Microsoft Research, Hewlett-Packard, and National Instruments. Nationally in 2003-04, more than 1,350 students participated on 140 teams. Peer teams at multiple EPICS sites collaborate to address community problems of national scope. Purdue is headquarters for the National EPICS Program.

EPICS has received major awards from the Carnegie Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Education Society, Campus Compact, the Corporate and Foundation Alliance, Purdue University, and the Governor and Legislature of Indiana. It was featured in the PBS series "Communities Building Community." EPICS has been supported by more than $5.1M in federal grants and $5.5M in corporate and alumni gifts.