Engineering firm leaders offer expertise to students in environmental design class

Members of the Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR) team will enter a classroom Aug. 29 in the School of Engineering to offer expertise to students enrolled in a course titled Electrical, Mechanical Systems in Building & Leadership in Environmental Engineering and Design (LEED), a benchmark system designed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

SSR President and CEO Rob Barrick is the instructor for CE 299, a civil engineering special topics course this fall, which is taken mainly by graduate students in the School’s construction management program. He will be assisted by several SSR employees including Ed Hale, Ron Holdaway, Paul McCown, Jamie Qualk, John Ross, Clay Seckman, and Rick Wood.

“We are extremely excited to instruct this engineering class,” said Barrick. “This serves as a great opportunity for SSR to partner with a leading educational institution and a strong engineering school as well as with future members of Nashville’s engineering community.”

The first half of the course will focus on LEED curriculum and students will have the opportunity at midterm to take the official U.S. Green Building Council exam to become LEED certified. The remainder of the course will focus on mechanical and electrical engineering principles.

“The course is designed to bridge the gap between the realities that confront both engineering and construction professionals,” said Sanjiv Gokhale, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

“When SSR, a company that ranks 5th on Building Design and Construction magazine’s list of the nation’s top 50 design engineering firms, agreed to assist with designing the course syllabus and later to conducting the class, it was clearly that this would be a tremendous opportunity for our students,” Gokhale said.