Share Paper: Building and Evaluating Education and Outreach Programs for an NSF Engineering Research Center, the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG)

  1. Wilhelmina Savenye, Arizona State University, United States
  2. Jean Larson, Arizona State University, United States
  3. Claudia Zapata, Arizona State University, United States
  4. Edward Kavazanjian, Arizona State University, United States
  5. Kristin Elwood, Arizona State University, United States
  6. Wendy Barnard, Arizona State University, United States
  7. Megan O'Donnell, Arizona State University, United States
  8. Jennifer Chandler, Arizona State University, United States
  9. Delia Saenz, Arizona State University, United States
  10. Miriam Woolley, Arizona State University, United States
  11. Leon Van Paassen, Arizona State University, United States
  12. Colleen Bronzer, University of California - Davis, United States
  13. Jason DeJong, University of California - Davis, United States
  14. Alejandro Martinez, University of California - Davis, United States

Abstract: A new Engineering Research Center in the US was recently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG); this center exemplifies the beginning of the new field of biogeotechnics. Arizona State University is the lead along with Georgia University of Technology, New Mexico State and the University of California-Davis. Our IDEA team, for Innovation, Diversity and Education Activities, is working across these four universities, to develop education and outreach programs for participants from Kindergarten to 12th grade students and teachers; university undergraduate and graduate students; postdoctoral researchers; faculty and working engineers. The goal of ...