The mission of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is to help ensure that the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) curriculum educates and prepares the graduates for the essential needs of the state of Michigan and the nation. The Lab is to provide guidance for the CCE program in support of the mission of the department.
The mission of the department is to provide the opportunity for civil and construction engineering students to obtain state-of-the-art engineering knowledge and skills through student-centered education and research. Teamwork, professionalism, and life-long learning are hallmarks of the educational programs. Faculty research is to provide innovative solutions to civil and construction engineering problems of regional, national, and global significance.
The IAB CCE partnership has three primary objectives. They are to:
1. Ensure the highest level of accreditation for the department,
2. Advance student and faculty involvement with industry, and
3. Support the vision of the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering.
The vision of the department is to be a leader in civil and construction engineering education by integrating design throughout the curriculum, being a recognized center for life-long learning, and providing innovative research and expertise that improves our way of life. Upon graduation, students will be able to contribute to the global civil and construction engineering community.
IAB members are expected to perform specific activities to engage students and faculty for their involvement within the industry and community and actively seek out community resources in partnership with the department. Examples of activities include reviewing curriculum and curriculum assessments and promoting service learning and capstone design projects.
The Board shall consist of eight to nine influential industrial members and alumni who represent civil and construction engineering employers.
IAB will be guided by two chairpersons, selected for two year terms. The co-chairs will serve as the primary points of contact representing the industry membership to the department. The co-chairs will coordinate the board meeting agendas with the department chair, conduct meetings, lead the industry-specific portion of the meeting agenda, oversee industry efforts and activities, and create and assign any committees necessary to conduct the business of the IAB.
An IAB member will be appointed as board secretary, for a two year term, with responsibilities to work with the department's administrative staff to create board meeting minutes, notify members of meetings and pending actions, coordinate information posted onto the IAB Website, and issue an annual report.
The CCE department chair shall serve as a member of the IAB. The chair shall serve as the coordinator between the IAB and the university and serve as the primary point of contact between the IAB members and the faculty.
The IAB will meet three times per year coinciding with the end of the fall semester and the beginning and end of the spring semester. Meetings will be held at other times at the call of a co-chair.
From time to time, the IAB co-chairs will create committees for certain purposes. The composition and duration of the committees shall be defined by the IAB board upon creation. In general, all committees shall have a defined objective and a specific life span. Once the objective has been accomplished, or the time span elapsed, the committee shall be abolished.
The adoption of this charter shall be made by a majority vote of those members present at the IAB scheduled for April 27, 2010. Any modification to the charter must be initiated by a member by notification to the IAB co-chairs, and approved by a majority vote of members present at the next regularly scheduled IAB meeting.