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New Student Research Topics – CMCE 4403 Professional Practice & Ethics

Students have chosen their topics for research, discussion, and presentation in the 2022 spring semester of CMCE 4403 Professional Practice and Ethics. I expect great conversations on the following topics-

  • Abandoned Olympics Stadiums and Wasted Venues; Relevant Date Range: 1936-present
  • Henri Pézerat and the Amisol asbestos factory; Relevant Date Range: 1974-1999
  • Replacing Rikers Island with “Humane” Borough-based jails: The NYC DDC plan; Relevant Date Range: 2017-present
  • Boston construction double fatality and subsequent penalties; Relevant date range 2021-2022
  • Concrete Testing Lab Fraud in NYC; Relevant date range: 2005-2019
  • How Did Insurance Ethics Incentivize Behavior in a Post-Hurricane Katrina World?; Relevant Date Range: 2005-2010
  • The Ethical Challenges of Micro Apartments in NYC; 2000-present
  • Katowice Trade Hall Collapse; Relevant Date Range: 2006
  • Bloomberg Pay-to-Play Scheme; Relevant date range: 2015-2020
  • Boston’s John Hancock Tower design failures; Relevant date range: 1970-1977
  • RaPower-3 LLC and International Automated Systems, Inc. Fraudulent Solar; Relevant date range: 2015-2016
  • Japan’s Architect, Hidetsugu Aneha, and the Fraudulent Earthquake Data; Relevant date range: 2005-2008
  • Collusion and Bid Rigging Delay Denver Convention Center Project; Relevant date range: 2018-present
  • Pemberton Mill Collapse; Relevant Date Range: 1860
  • HOLC (Home Owners’ Loan Corporation) maps and redlining in NYC; Relevant Date Range: 1930s-1940s
  • El Hoyo Club Fire; Relevant Date Range: 1988-1989
  • Facebook’s Discriminating Ad-serving Algorithm; Relevant Date Range: 2019-present
  • The Knickerbocker Theater Collapse; Relevant Date Range: 1922
  • Displacement, Robert Moses, and the Cross-Bronx Expressway; Relevant Date Range: 1940-1972
  • Andrew Siemaszko, Davis-Besse’s Lead Nuclear Engineer; Relevant Date Range: 1999-2008
  • Five Women, Richard Meier, and Architecture’s #MeToo Moment; Relevant Date Range: 2018-present
  • Sales of Racist and Flawed Data Recognition Software by Amazon to Police; Relevant Date Range: 2019-present
  • Consumer Privacy vs. Data Mining in Smart Buildings Relevant Date Range: current

Good luck!

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Instruction – Experiments with Video FAQs

Many of my classes combine teaching software with comprehensive student projects, resulting in common challenges for students once they dive into the work. Rolling out fully virtual instruction has given me the opportunity to pre-record or (in these cases) post-record answers to frequently asked questions so that students can easily refer back and replay at their own pace.

The example below is from my scheduling class, CMCE 2421:

Q: In P6 I’m seeing yellow boxes at the bottom of my screen instead of the details (WBS, activity type, etc.). I don’t know where I clicked or how to get back.

A: Click View > Show on Bottom > Details. See demonstration in the following video.


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Google it! How to Make a Combo Chart using a Mac?

The images below don’t give you the answer, just remind you how to search for answers . Include in your search terms:

  • Your computer or operating system type
  • The name of the software you’re using
  • A simple description of problem or thing you’re trying to do
  • (You can also do this if you get an error message – copy and paste the error message to find out what to do)

Good luck!

Want this?

google search image
Do this.

Best, Prof. Sowder

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Student Tech Help for My Classes and Beyond

Information regarding City Tech’s Device Loan Program

A link to Virtual City Tech, a hub of resources to assist students created by CIS

When participating in virtual learning courses, it is vital to consider the technology needed in order to have a successful course. We recommend that you meet the technical requirements below.

  • A computer (desktop/laptop) or mobile device (smartphone/tablet). If you need to borrow a device, click here.
  • Speakers/headphones/earbuds for listening to audio or videos presented in courses.
  • Webcam for interacting in course activities that require video feedback from students.
  • High speed internet access

It is imperative that you (1) have and use a CityTech email account, and (2) create a BlackBoard account. Significant amounts of course material are hosted on and submitted via Blackboard.

  1. You should have access to and be able to use the Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer browsers.
  2. If you do not know your CityTech email login information:
    1. Visit
    2. From there, retrieve your login information and log into your account.
  3. If you need additional help with your CityTech email, or do not have an account:
    1. contact the CityTech Help Desk at 718-260-4900 OR
    2. Email HelpDesk at
  4. For BlackBoard training and support on all tools required to fully participate in the interactive component of the course:
    1. Access the “Beginners Guide to BlackBoard Course Info” training at AND/OR
    2. Email the open student lab at for BlackBoard help AND/OR
    3. Call (718) 254-8565 for BlackBoard help
    4. Visit their website: