The Sustainability Road Less Traveled: BCT’s Applied Learning Pathways Lead to Jobs

The Sustainability Road Less Traveled: BCT’s Applied Learning Pathways Lead to Jobs

During the last year, 10 pioneering UMass students took the road less traveled – pursuing the BCT (Building Construction Technology) Applied Learning Pathways, a new option for students to ‘study abroad’ at the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton, Massachusetts. Students worked one-on-one with a faculty sponsor to create a customized, hands-on learning experience based on their interests in sustainability. These one-of-a kind pathways built the students’ confidence and portfolios (i.e. GIS mapping, augmented/virtual experiments, original research, multi-media videos, 3D models) as they collectively pursued more than 30 academic credits toward the completion of their degrees. “As a master’s degree student at UMass, I wanted my learning to be meaningful and to have an impact,” said Abigail Moore, B.S. ’19, M.S, ’21. “The Independent Study project I designed with my professor focused on the idea of ‘Living Buildings;’ structures that generate more than they consume – and I was able to focus on understanding how these buildings can work with...
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We’re Hiring: Assistant Professor in Advanced Building Technologies

We’re Hiring: Assistant Professor in Advanced Building Technologies

Effective immediately, we are seeking qualified applicants for the following position in BCT: Assistant Professor - Advanced Building Technologies Apply now Job no: 510501 Work type: Faculty Full Time Location: UMass Amherst Department: Environmental Conservation Union: MSP Categories: College of Natural Sciences About UMass Amherst UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to diverse urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.  Job Description The Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://bct.eco.umass.edu/) invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in the area of Advanced Building Technologies. This is an academic year appointment at the level of Assistant Professor. We seek candidates with...
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Interested in transferring into BCT?

Interested in transferring into BCT?

Many of our BCT students transfer into the program during their studies at UMass or from other colleges. This was highlighted in a recent interview where Kevin Van Develde, Senior Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, talked to BCT program director Alexander Schreyer about the program, career options, and how to join the program. You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUbUuUZ49z8 Interested in learning more about the BCT program? Contact us here....
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BCT & Girls Inc. of the Valley

BCT & Girls Inc. of the Valley

BCT, along with Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning worked with Girls Inc. of the Valley Eureka! externs to envision the design of their new Holyoke building. At the end of their month-long externship the scholars presented their work applying what they'd learned about sustainable community development, landscape architecture, architecture and healthy materials. The project design team listened and we can't wait to see what Kuhn Riddle Architecture and WOLA come up with for the new Girls Inc. building! https://www.flickr.com/photos/193789799@N08/51386471521/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/193789799@N08/51386720098/in/dateposted/...
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Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2021!

Congratulations to BCT’s Class of 2021!

https://youtu.be/lKE5YaUdW7Y Congratulations to our graduating seniors in BCT’s class of 2021! We are tremendously proud of you all and we wish you all the best for your upcoming professional lives. You may be entering a changed work world, but you are well prepared for it. All the best from the BCT faculty! Everyone in BCT’s class of 2021 is now part of the ever-growing BCT Alumni community! Due to the still-ongoing pandemic situation and related gathering limitations, we weren’t able to take our traditional group photo at the CNS celebration (or hold our traditional CNS and departmental receptions and celebrations). Instead, we organized a commencement and awards celebration event on Zoom, which you can review in the video above. We also had seven graduate students completing their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Sustainable Building Systems and our first student completing the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction. Congratulations also to them! Your BCT Faculty ...
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