University of Minnesota Duluth

For the University of Minnesota Duluth, the focus will be on resilient precast. Ben Dymond of the Department of Engineering will coordinate the program in conjunction with Department of Civil Engineering, Departement of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Master of Business Administration program. John Saccoman of Molin Concrete Products will be the indusrtry champion for the program. This multidisciplinary educational program aims to combinne the traditional approach to concrete engineering education with cutting-edge knowledge related to sustainability and business management. Traditionally, engineers learn the basics of concrete design, while possibly discussing precast concrete, but they fail to investigate why to chose precasyt concrete or how does sustainable precast concrete fit into an organizational dynamic. This program will address those questions and others while challenging students to push the envelope of sustainability in precast concrete. 
The program will include new content in four courses taken during a students junior and senior years. Once a student completes the courses they will have a special pull out on their transcript noting the special interest of the student in resiliency and precast concrete design. All students in the department will now be exposed to some precast concrete curriculum. Courses that will include precast curriculum will include: 
Current course, focuses on cast in place and ACI 318 and it will not add 50% precast content. The course is currently an elective but will become a required course and there will be about 20-25 students per class. 
  • Molin will supply a full size precast panel with various connections for permanent installation in the teaching lab as a demonstration tool
  • Will include a precast plant tour and jobsite tour
  • Students will learn differences between cast in place and precast
  • Students will learn how to erect precast
  • Will shift in-class parking garage project from cast in place to precast
Current course is structural elements using ACI code, bridges and buildings and will now include new course material using the PCI Design Handbook and other PCI reference materials while student take on a semester-long design project. This class will also incorporate plant tour and job site visit focused on prestressed concreteAdditionally it will 
  • include new course material using PCI Design Handbook and PCI reference materials
  • introduce students to Concise Beam design software (used by Molin)
  • Class will compete in annual Big Beam Contest
  • Winning class teams (2) will go on compete in the contest and work with Molin (or other precaster) to fabricate their design
BUS 2400
This two-credit course will be taught by MBA faculty and will incorpoarte sales, marketing, project amangement and general maagnement content provided by Molin, which will have senior amangement share their knowledge and experience with students. Students willgain insights into managing a precast business. 
CE 4255 Capstone Project. 
Finally, an engineering capstone course will be the first course taught by the University on resiliency. Typically a senior design student takes information learned along the way in other courses and brings it all together for one project. This unique curriculum will be co-taught by Alison Hoxie, a mechanical engineering specializing in thermal efficiency and sustainability. Students will work witha professor or business mentor on their project which may involve research and analysis of resiliency in precast concrete. 
Students who successfully complete all 4 courses will receive a UMD Certificate and line on their transcript denoting completion of the Precast Engineering Program