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Collaboration with Herat University Strengthening Higher Education Project

SHEP Phase II Goals

CURRICULUM EXPANSION

Phase II curriculum expansion includes developing the engineering curriculum beyond the civil engineering program, to continue capacity building in Afghanistan. The proposed undergraduate programs are described briefly below.

Architectural Engineering

This field applies the skills of a number of engineering disciplines to the construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation of buildings, with particular attention paid to buildings' impacts on the surrounding environment.

  • About 20 existing civil engineering courses approximately two years' curriculum) would be shared between civil and architectural engineering.

  • Surveys show that female students are particularly interested in the specialization, and development of such a program would further the Ministry of Education's goal of increasing enrollment of female students.

  • A complete curriculum for a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering will be developed as part of Phase II, using the resources of current faculty as well as practicing architects in the area.

Mechatronics Engineering

This field combines mechanical, electrical, and software engineering to generate simpler, more economical, reliable, and versatile systems.

  • Mechatronics graduates function well in both electrical and mechanical engineering job markets.

  • Coursework can be drawn from current electrical and mechanical engineering related courses; additional courses will add to the depth and range of current offerings.

  • A complete curriculum for a bachelor's degree in mechatronics engineering will be developed as part of Phase II, using the resources of current faculty as well as practicing engineers in the area.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

To develop capacity for both programs, this project proposes choosing the top five civil engineering graduates from Herat University and enrolling them in a master's degree program at the University of Hartford. Of the five, two will be trained in architectural engineering and three will be trained in mechatronics. The coursework is estimated to take two years to complete. The tables below show suggested coursework for each field.

Suggested Mechatronics Engineering Coursework (Year 1-2008)

SpringFall
ME 507: Finite Element Analysis [3]ECE 360: Circuits & Electronics [4] or ECE 361: Electronics Fundamentals [3]
M 344: Advanced Engineering Math [3]ME 370: Elements of Machine Design [3]
ME 350: Vibration I [3]ES 440: Automatic Control Sys. Analysis [3]
ECE 231: Digital System Logic [3]M 515: Methods of Applied Mathematics [3]
EM 601: Engineering Project Management [3] 

Suggested Mechatronics Engineering Coursework (Year 2-2009)

SpringSummerFall
ME 470: Mech. Systems & Processes [3]ME 607 Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering [3]ME 600: CAD/CAM [3]
ME 504: Dynamics of Machines [3] ME 607: Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering [6]
ME 505: Mechatronics Systems Design [3] M 517: Applied Engineering Statistics [3]
ME 512: Precision Engineering [3]  

Suggested Architectural Engineering Coursework (Year 1-2008)

SpringFall
AET 123: Architectural Design Studio I [4]AET 233: Architectural Design Studio II [4]
AET 241: Mech. Elec. Plumb. Systems [4]CE 500: Advanced Mechanics of Materials [3]
CE 501: Advanced Structural Design[3]CE 601: Structural Dynamics[3]
CE 530: Geotechnical Engineering II [3]M 515: Methods of Applied Mathematics [3]
EM 601: Engineering Project Management [3] 

Suggested Architectural Engineering Coursework (Year 2-2009)

SpringSummerFall
AET 367: Architectural Design V [4]Architectural History [6] (elective)ARC 511: Architectural Studio I [6]
CE 507: Finite Element Analysis [3] ARC 612: Advanced Design Theory [4]
CE 600: Independent Study [3] ARC 512: Advanced Site Planning [4]
ARC 623: Advanced Professional Practice [3]  

INFRASTRUCTURE CAPACITY

Successfully implementing Phase II will require the addition of the following laboratories at Herat University:

  • Electrical engineering

  • Mechatronics

  • Architecture studio