Title: Development of a multi-disciplinary graduate course on consequence-based earthquake risk management

Authors: Youssef M.A. Hashash; Aman Mwafy; Amr S. Elnashai; Jerome F. Hajjar

Addresses: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. ' Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box. 17555, Al-Ain, UAE. ' Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. ' Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA

Abstract: Despite the recognition of the need for broad-based integrative education that prepares students for addressing complex problems in the real world, multi-disciplinary course offerings remain rare. The paper describes the development and offering of a multi-disciplinary graduate course covering earthquake loss assessment and mitigation 'from source to society'. The course is built upon the comprehensive research, education, and outreach activities of the National Science Foundation-funded Mid-America Earthquake (MAE) Centre through the paradigm of consequence-based risk management (CRM). This is the first course of its kind in the field of earthquake engineering to expose students to the earthquake problem from source to society. The course was successfully offered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and will be offered at other universities. The CRM programme is a successful model for similar educational experiences. It opens new avenues in education of loss assessment and mitigation to meet the demands on the engineering profession by integration of engineering, social-economic science and information technology in a single multi-disciplinary course.

Keywords: graduate studies; curricula; earthquake engineering; teaching methods; engineering profession; multi-disciplinary courses; graduate courses; consequence-based risk management; earthquakes; broad-based education; integrative education; loss assessment; loss mitigation; source to society; outreach activities; National Science Foundation; Mid-America Earthquake Centre; USA; United States; R&D; research and development; University of Illinois; universities; higher education; ICT; information technology; communications technology; social sciences; economics; educational integration; engineering students; continuing education; life-long learning; engineering education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2012.047039

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2012 Vol.22 No.1/2, pp.127 - 147

Available online: 25 May 2012 *

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