Two faculty members from Norwich University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering David Crawford School of Engineering won professional awards at the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Zone 1 Conference.
Held this year on April 3–5 at the University of Bridgeport, Conn., the ASEE Zone 1 Conference convenes every five to six years, attracting over a 1,000 faculty, students and experts from New England and the Middle Atlantic. The theme of this year’s conference was “Engineering Education: Industry Involvement and Interdisciplinary Trends.”
Dr. Tara Kulkarni received the Xerox Foundation Award for her paper “Service Learning Projects in Environmental Engineering Courses: Models of Community Engagement Activities” based upon her work in environmental engineering courses at Norwich University. Dr. Kulkarni has integrated service-learning projects into all of the environmental engineering courses.
The Xerox Foundation Award was given to the professional paper that best focused on developing systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women, underprivileged and underrepresented groups in STEM education and careers. Xerox Corporation’s Beth Gollogly, from the company’s department of Corporate Lean Six Sigma & Business Transformation, presented the award to Dr. Kulkarni.
Also, Dr. Edwin Schmeckpeper received the University of Bridgeport, School of Engineering Award for his paper and presentation, “Creating an Economical Solar Decathlon House,” based upon the Delta T-90 House, Norwich University’s prize-winning entry in the 2013 US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon Competition, a biennial international solar house design-build competition. The Norwich Delta T-90 house was both the most economical and the most energy efficient of all the entries at the 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition. Dr. Schmeckpeper’s coauthors were Matt Lutz (Architecture), Dr. Jeff Mountain (Mechanical Engineering), Dr. Jack Patterson (Construction Engineering Management), and Dr. Mike Puddicombe (Construction Engineering Management).
The award was given to the conference’s best written and presented paper as measured by its overall excellence and intellectual merit. Preference was given to research endeavors with the greatest positive impact on engineering practices and approaches toward solving pertinent industrial problems. Dr. Tarek Sobh, VP for Graduate Studies and Research and Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Bridgeport, presented the award to Dr. Schmeckpeper.