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Service Learning

Catamount Community Projects

Be an Engineer and Make a Positive Difference in The World!

Many communities in Vermont are facing increasing population pressure that affects civil and environmental infrastructure in their towns. Development pressure also puts a strain on the surrounding environment by increasing stormwater runoff and pollution. Stormwater issues have become a major concern for many towns.

The catamount community service learning projects are being integrated into many courses starting in the first-year of the program. The relationship with the local communities will continue over the four years of a student's time in the civil or environmental program resulting in a long-term relationship between engineering and the communities.

Academic
Year
Course Required /
Elective
Terms Brief Description of Projects % of Grade Community Partner # of Groups Per Year Total Students Per Year
First Year Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering Required Fall
2006,
2007,
2008
Analyzed/designed traffic solutions at problematic intersections; Developed interactive exhibits on engineering / environment 25 2006-Town of Essex, Town of Monkton; 2007, 2008 - ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Burlington 12-16
55,
63 and
80
Sophomore Geomatics Required Fall
2006
Mapping a bike path in Chittenden County 5 City of Burlington 15 45
Environmental & Transportation Systems Required Spring
2008,
2009
Rain Garden monitoring, analyzing runoff and design using HydroCAD 10 AWWA student chapter and UVM 10-20
47
67
Junior Water and Wastewater Engineering Required Spring 2007 Onsite wastewater treatment for two communities 25 Town of Monkton Long Point Community 8 40
Modeling Environmental & Transportation Systems Required Spring
2008
Mentored home schooled children on biomimicry projects 20 IBM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center Burlington, and UVM 10 33
Senior Capstone Design Required Spring
2006,
2007,
2008,
2009
Stormwater evaluation / design
ater treatment, small hydro, building preservation and design, bridge reconstruction, street reconstruction
100 2006: Recycle North, Burlington Airport; 2007: Towns of Essex, Greensboro, Taluabe, Chelsea; VT Ag Museum; Preservation Trust;
2008,2009: VT Agency of Transportation, City of Burlington, Essex, Milton.
6-9 30-45
Geotechnical Design Elective Fall
2005,
2006,
2007
Analyzed/designed
remedial measures associated with historic structures
35 (1) Preservation Trust of VT
(2) Shelburne Farms, Shelburne
4-5 15-20
Hazardous Waste Management Elective Offered
7 times
Pollution prevention projects in local institutions and businesses that benefit whole community 35 Examples include, Fletcher Allen Hospital, University of Vermont, Blodgett Oven, Offset Printing, Dynapower, Medical Center of VT 2-5 5-15