Design Dr. Steven Bartlett the future
Steven F. Bartlett Ph.D., P.E. University of Utah Asia Campus
Dr. Steven Bartlett
Professor Steven Bartlett, with more than 15 years of engineering experience, created a new major in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah Asia this year.
He talks about Civil and Environmental Engineering, his educational philosophy,
and the vision of this department at the University of Utah Asia Campus.
Q. Please tell us what Civil and Environmental Engineering is.
In a broad sense, engineering is the science of making things that help humans, focusing on building infrastructure, among others. Transportation, energy, power, buildings, clean water, clean air, and everything that makes up a functional and sustainable community are all designed in civil environmental engineering.
Q. You have conducted various research projects around the world.
What projects have you worked on, and what roles have you played?
Before the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, I was part of the design team who restored all of Utah’s interstate facilities. For this project, EPS Geofoam, which is used as a lightweight fill-in, was used as the main technology to shorten construction periods. I have also worked as consultant for engineers and organizations in India, China, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland and Korea. My consultation was about how to implement new technologies efficiently.
Q. What programs does UAC offer for the new Department of Civil and
Freshmen and sophomores are required to take science and statistics courses and focus on computer aided design (CAD) skills. They study engineering overall and conduct research on the Salt Lake City campus as well. At the Utah Asia Campus, we conduct classes by applying Korean infrastructure and urban design research into the home campus’ regular curriculum. In particular, the international city of Songdo is a perfect example of a smart city. The fact that the school is located in Songdo, a true 21st-century city, is a great help in this course.
Q. What are your plans for the constructive future of civil environmental engineering?
I want to expand the current program to incorporate structural, geotechnical, transportation, water resource, environmental engineering, and all other research fields. By 2020, we plan to double our research programs and combine the results of our research on the Salt Lake Campus with the UAC curriculum to provide quality education programs for undergraduates. In addition, we would like to offer students various internship opportunities around Songdo. We are currently in communication with IFEZ and global companies such as POSCO to help our students access the actual engineering processes.
Q. What is your philosophy as an educator in civil environmental engineering?
There are two elements to my philosophy as an educator. The first is the use of engineering. Ultimately, engineering is a discipline that applies it to real life for the purpose of improving the quality of life. That’s why I look for projects where engineers currently at work are involved, and try to provide on-the-job opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the process. The other element of my educational philosophy is research. I encourage students to research new technologies, innovate how to use technology, and explore new goals. It is also related to my core philosophy of challenge and improvement as an engineer. It is to think of new ways to improve the technology with something that already exists. Creating something out of nothing is meaningful enough, but I think that making something that is already present more useful and using it in more diversified ways is also very significant. Our students will be able to achieve great success in the field of civil environmental engineering through the combination of practice and research.