Wabash Valley Projects Sought for Rose-Hulman Civil Engineering Course

Wabash Valley Projects Sought for Rose-Hulman Civil Engineering Course

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (July 22, 2021) – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seniors are seeking to culminate their undergraduate educations by working in teams during the 2021-22 school year to complete civil engineering projects for Wabash Valley and surrounding area organizations and companies.

The projects must feature at least two sub-disciplines within civil engineering: structural, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, transportation, and general design. Ideal projects would come from municipalities and non-profit, charitable or church organizations within a 100-mile radius of Rose-Hulman’s campus in Terre Haute, according to Jim Hanson, head of the Department of Civil Engineering. He stresses that projects should have a service component to provide students the ability to identify, investigate and address a community need.

Past local senior-year capstone projects have helped plan portions of Terre Haute’s Heritage Trail system, upgrades to Fairbanks Park, and expansions for local churches and towns. Organizations have used the students’ work as the basis for seeking local, state and federal grants for their projects. The senior-year capstone design course provides students an opportunity to work with external clients on a long-range project that covers the entire school year. Teams of three to five students begin investigating the client’s needs and propose a solution during September and October, and authorization is granted in November to proceed on detailed design. Most of the work is completed by mid-February, with final design work and final drawings completed in March. Faculty project reviews begin in early April and reports are presented to clients in early May.

Although most Rose-Hulman faculty members are licensed professional engineers, Hanson advises that the students’ work is being reviewed by educators. Depending upon the project, the students’ designs might be detailed enough to begin construction, if approved by a professional engineer, or they might be only at the level of a feasibility study.

Projects are completed at little to no cost for clients, but they are asked to sign a release or waiver of liability before the project is initiated. Ideas for projects must be submitted in writing by August 6 to Hanson at hanson@rose-hulman.edu.

Individuals with questions can contact him by email or 812-877-8279.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor and individualized attention. The institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM school for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value-added, and career services. Career placement is near 100 percent year after year. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students. Learn more at rose-hulman.edu.