Research and Projects
Research - Mixed Reality Learning
Construction Management Associate Professor Dr. Wei Wu was awarded one of 12 prestigious grants from the National Science Foundation to study the utilization of mixed reality as a cyberlearning technology and assess if it can provide students with the same educational benefits as physical experience. This research is being conducted in a joint effort with Arizona State University professors Dr. Steven Ayer and Dr. Jeremi London. Technology is reshaping careers in architecture, engineering, and construction. For students pursuing these kinds of occupations, acquiring multi-faceted skills is critical for career success. Outcomes of this research hope to provide answers as to different ways students can acquire the skills necessary to become industry leaders.
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All construction management majors must complete a capstone project in their final academic year. Students receive guidance from a faculty adviser and academic credit for their work on these projects. Below are some recent student projects:
Poverello House Shelter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vivien Luo
Four construction management students recently built a 100-square-foot temporary shelter to help raise awareness about homelessness in the Central Valley. The original design concept was created by renowned local architect Arthur Dyson, and was meant to provide a positive and uplifting environment for those who use it. The construction management students created plans, digital models, and a detailed cost estimate as parts of the project, in addition to building the actual structure. They also collaborated with Silvana Polgar's interior design class to design the shelter's interior. The students received tremendous support for the project, including material donations valued at $7,000 from Webcor Builders, BORGA Steel Buildings, Valley Iron, Inc., Wicks Fabrication, Inc., Dura Rubber, and the Construction Management Department. The shelter was presented to the Poverello House in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 21st, 2019.
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Playhouses || Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vivien Luo
In the Spring of 2018, four groups of students worked to create playhouses for their projects, which were then auctioned off to fund the Professional Women in Building Scholarship Fund. Each team individually designed and built their playhouse to fit their theme. We would like to give special thanks to Caryn Wiser from JLS Environmental for her help coordinating this project. This was the first time our students have done a project like this. Due to the great success we had, our students are now teaming up with local high schools for Project Playhouse 2019. The high school students will help with the building, which will provide our students with an opportunity to experience people management.
Tiny House || Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vivien Luo
A team of construction management students worked together to build a 190-square-foot, eco-friendly Tiny House. The team contributed many hours to research, design, and implementation of the project. Some of its eco-conscious features include solar electricity, gray water reuse for drip irrigation, and the utilization of reclaimed wood from a 1800s barn. They were assisted by student and community volunteers who donated time and materials to help complete the project. The project was promoted in collaboration with the Media, Communications, and Journalism Department on campus. The project was submitted to the Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District's tiny house competition and ranked in 7th place among the competing colleges. Due to the success of this project, students are currently working on a senior project "Tiny Office" for Fresno State.
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