Primarily used for CE 453: Highway Design, the highway design laboratory is configured with seven cubicles lining the periphery of the room, and a set of “work” tables in the center of the room to facilitate collaborative team activities on projects. During the semester, undergraduate students collaborate, typically in 4-person teams, and work extensively on highway design projects using professional design and planning software. In this state-of-the-art laboratory, they develop and hone their skills in a number of areas including identifying relevant concepts and principles, obtaining required data, synthesizing data, utilizing appropriate software tools for analyses and design, evaluating results and communicating their findings through reports and oral presentations. These activities also help students enhance their interpersonal and teamwork skills, as well as provide them opportunities to improve their technical communications skills. Students with such technical and soft-skills related to highway design are highly sought by public agencies, consulting firms, and contractors.
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