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Colleges and Universities Offer Metal Building Systems Curriculum

Date:August 13, 2019

MBMA began offering faculty fellowships in 2015 in cooperation with the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). This groundbreaking educational initiative expedited the development of a model program that partners the metal building industry with undergraduate engineering and architectural faculty and students. The fellowships have assisted the selected faculty in developing senior design classes (often referred to as capstone courses) that focus on metal building projects.

“Our intent is to introduce metal building design and construction practices into the curriculum and foster an industry/academic partnership that provides real-world experience for undergraduates,” says W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., PE, MBMA’s director of research & engineering.

According to Dr. Shoemaker, fellowship recipients were provided with the resources and latitude to custom-tailor capstone courses to fit each institution’s specific needs. “The students’ exposure to real-world design processes provides beneficial insight into the industry prior to joining the workforce,” he says.

Current capstone participating institutions include:

  • Cleveland State University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of California (Davis)
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of North Carolina (Charlotte)
  • University of Western Ontario
Professor Marci Uihlein, PE, M.ASCE, Assoc. AIA

Watch this video interview of Professor Marci Uihlein, PE, M.ASCE, Assoc. AIA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture as she talks about her program.

“The (capstone) project was successful for my class. It allowed students to understand what this building system is. We took a field trip to tour a factory. The students got to meet the people that make these buildings and interact with professionals from the industry.”
– Marci Uilhlein

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