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Architectural engineering degree switches to four-year program

Fri, 12/20/2013

LAWRENCE — The Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas will change its Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering (BS ARCE) degree program from a five-year curriculum to a four-year program, beginning summer 2014.

The streamlined, ABET-accredited degree program will require students to complete a curriculum with 128 credit hours. Previously, students had to complete a 165 credit hour curriculum. Under the new plan, students will be able to graduate and enter the job market sooner, or more quickly complete several master’s degree programs, including an NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture from KU.

“This change will allow our students expanded flexibility and allow them to earn credit at the graduate level for the advanced courses they have been taking in the five-year program,” said Professor David Darwin, Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor and chair of the department. Changes in the profession, as well as economic and other factors, have convinced the faculty that curricula leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees will better serve students and their future employers.

“A hallmark of KU’s undergraduate architectural engineering degree has been the broad training received by our students. That will not change,” Darwin said. “Architectural engineering students will continue to take courses in all of the specialties in architectural engineering — structures, HVAC, illumination, electrical systems and construction management — and also continue to take several courses and design studios side-by-side with KU architecture students.  The big change will be their expanded ability to specialize as they pursue graduate study in what would have formerly been their fifth year of undergraduate work.” 

Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering Brian Rock, a graduate of KU’s five-year program, said students will now be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and a Master of Architecture degree in six years. Students will also have the option to earn an undergraduate degree in architectural engineering and a more specialized master’s degree in architectural engineering or civil engineering in five years.

Rock pointed out that the option to pursue the combined BS ARCE and the Master of Architecture is important because it allows students to efficiently complete the formal education needed to become both a licensed Professional Engineer and a Registered Architect. The new BS ARCE program also leads into KU’s Master of Construction Management program.

KU’s architectural engineering program was founded in 1912 as a four-year program in the School of Engineering, but it was changed to five years in the 1950s.  In the decades since then, architectural engineering students have been, and will continue to be, exceptionally well-prepared for careers in building systems design.

Undergraduate students currently enrolled in the architectural engineering program will have the opportunity to switch to the four-year program as well as work with a faculty adviser to determine the best path forward for them.

More information about the changes to the architectural engineering program, including the curriculum, admission requirements and scholarships, appears on websites hosted by the School of Engineering and the department. ABET and NAAB are the respective accreditation bodies for engineering and architecture programs in the United States.



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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner From KU News Service: http://bit.ly/1awodaa Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening. To her surprise, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was on the other end of the call letting Koehn know she had been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Koehn is the 18th KU student to be named a Truman Scholar and the only 2015 recipient from the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, she was also named a 2015 Udall Scholar. And in spite of a distance of more than 10,800 kilometers and 11 time zones, Koehn’s thrill from hearing the news from the chancellor came through loud and clear. “Ashlie’s experience at KU epitomizes a quality undergraduate experience. She challenged herself in her coursework, exposed herself to different research opportunities, studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan, and participated in both student government and community service projects,” Gray-Little said. “This is quite a year for Ashlie. Her hard work is a wonderful reflection on her and also a great reflection on the university, and we all congratulate her.” Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Koehn, a member of KU’s nationally recognized University Honors Program, is majoring in environmental studies, economics and international studies. Her goal after earning her KU degree is to pursue a master’s degree in economics at either the London School of Economics or the University of Reading, with a focus on the economics of climate change. In 2014, she received KU’s Newman Civic Engagement Award for her work establishing the Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement with the issue was sparked by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies, who hosted national conference on contemporary slavery at KU three years ago. “Ashlie and I met several times to think about what KU students could contribute to the issue of slavery and human trafficking, and the result was her founding of KU CAST,” Britton said. “After a year as president, Ashlie successfully handed the organization over to the next student leader. She demonstrated her strong leadership qualities by setting a unique goal and then pursuing it with her sense of passion, engagement and dedication. No matter the country or context, her leadership strength is evident in her coursework, her public service and her work experiences.” The University Honors Program works with a campus committee to select KU’s nominees for the Truman Scholarship and supports them during the application process. Anne Wallen, assistant director of national fellowships and scholarships, noted it was an amazing ruse to pull off the surprise. Originally, the call was set up to be between Wallen and Koehn. “I was totally not prepared to be greeted by Chancellor Gray-Little, but it was an amazing surprise for sure,” Koehn said. “As a first-generation student, it took time to learn the collegiate system, but my parents taught me to be resourceful and independent from a young age and KU and the Kansas Air National Guard have provided me with the opportunities to drive me into the future, both at graduate school and in my career. I plan to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a career as an environmental economist helping to shape future trade agreements and leverage action on important international environmental issues, particularly concerning climate change.” Koehn also had a surprise of her own for the chancellor — the meal she was helping to prepare was not exactly typical Kansas dinner fare. On the menu with her host family in Kyrgyzstan on Monday was a traditional Kyrgyz meal called Beshbarmak, or “five fingers,” because you eat it with your hands. The dish is made of horse and sheep and was being prepared as a birthday celebration for Koehn’s host mom. Chancellor Gray-Little, as she signed off from Skype, made sure to encourage Koehn to enjoy her Beshbarmak. Koehn is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn of Burns. She graduated from Fredric Remington High School in Moundridge. She is an active member of the Kansas Air National Guard and currently on leave while studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is a member of the KU Global Scholars Program and a past member of the Student Senate. In addition to being named a 2015 Truman and Udall scholar, she was named a 2014 Boren Scholar and Gilman Scholar and in 2013 was named the Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year.


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