GeoEngineers Helps Teach UWT Marine Engineering Class

GeoEngineers staff helped organize and teach an upper-level lecture class on port and marine engineering at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) during the recent winter quarter. 

TCE – 490 Ports and Marine Infrastructure was a weekly course consisting of two-hour lectures from a roster of professional engineers—including Associate Geotechnical Engineer Lyle Stone and Senior Principal Hydrogeologist Amanda Spencer. It started on January 4 and concluded on March 7 with a final lecture. Although engineering students could take the 2-credit course to fulfill degree requirements, the seminar was also open to all UWT students, staff, and even the general public.  

Lyle Stone has a longstanding relationship with UWT’s School of Engineering and Technology, and he helped organize this new course in coordination with industry friends at the Port of Tacoma, Moffatt & Nichol, WSP, and Manson Construction Co. The school’s civil engineering program is still building momentum, and leaders like Dr. Joel Baker, professor and Port of Tacoma Chair in Environmental Engineering, are grateful for the chance to bring industry experience directly into their classrooms. 

“There is simply no substitute for having our UW Tacoma students learn engineering directly from practicing civil engineers who are actively involved in large projects in our community and beyond,” Dr. Baker says. “By bringing their energy and experience to our campus, Lyle Stone, Amanda Spencer, and their colleagues are catalyzing the growth of UW Tacoma’s new civil engineering degree program.” 

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