Dr. Menches teaches two classes each fall semester and two classes each Spring semester. The syllabus for each course is located at the bottom of the page.
LEGAL ISSUES IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
This class introduces students to the legal aspects of engineering and construction, contract documents, contract clauses, ethics, and licensing. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to: (1) identify the elements of contract formation; (2) interpret contract clauses; (3) explain the rights and duties of the parties involved in design and construction; and (4) evaluate changes and their root causes. Students will also be able to objectively identify and analyze legal liabilities, ethical dilemmas, and the expected professional standard of architects, engineers, and contractors.
REAL ESTATE FUNDAMENTALS
The objective of this course is to introduce civil engineering students to the real estate process. Students will learn techniques and methodologies for evaluating real estate investment opportunities using engineering economic analysis principles. Students will use Time Value of Money analysis for evaluating real estate transactions, including how to carry out calculations using formulas, financial calculators, and spreadsheets. This course will help civil engineering students learn financial skills that can be applied to professional and personal investment decisions.
LEAN CONSTRUCTION AND CONTROL
The objective of this course is to introduce students to Lean principles and Lean Project Delivery. The Lean philosophy emphasizes: (1) customer value, which involves understanding what the customer places value on and establishing the flow of activities that will add value and eliminate waste from the construction cycle; (2) performance improvement, promoting superior reliability (i.e., keeping commitments); (3) significantly improved processes for flawless coordination; (4) close collaboration among parties; and, (5) tools and measurement techniques for managing projects under the Lean philosophy.LEGAL ASPECTS OF REAL ESTATE
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the legal aspects of real estate and the real estate development process. Students will learn the fundamentals of land, air, and water rights; legal interests of parties; purchase agreements, contractual relationships, and real estate contracts; closing real estate transactions; and, legal aspects of financing. This course will help students learn legal skills that can be applied to real estate purchasing and development processes.
The Three Delta Pillars
By applying research methods—idea, experiment, observation, analysis, improvement—to the challenge of teaching, the Delta Program:
- Brings the skills of research faculty to the ongoing investigation of student learning
- Promotes innovation in teaching and measurement of student learning
- Advances the role of instructors in the ongoing improvement of teaching practices
Through collaborative activities and programs, the Delta Program creates a community of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty that will:
- Support and validate growth in teaching and learning
- Create a foundation for institutional change
Recognizing the common challenges in teaching and learning and the strength in bringing together diverse views, the Delta Program is:
- Interdisciplinary—serving all science, engineering, and mathematics departments
- Cross-generational—bringing together graduate students, postdocs, and both new and experienced faculty
- Comprehensive—providing knowledge, practice, and community
- Responsive—reflecting the broad range of responsibilities that face today's faculty
- Inclusive—welcoming for a multifaceted and diverse group of people