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James Fugate

Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

585-475-5687
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Room LBJ-2732

James Fugate

Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering Studies
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Instructional/Support Faculty

Education

AAS, Monroe Community College; AAS, Rochester Institute of Technology; BA, University of Maryland; MS, M.Arch., Rochester Institute of Technology

Currently Teaching

NCAD-201
3 Credits
Course goals are to prepare students to secure a cooperative or professional work experience in the student's major and to assist the student in acquiring the skills for accessing information, networking, developing resumes and letters, completing various employment-related forms, interviewing, and using various communication techniques in preparing students for the job search process. This course also includes a lab where students will design and create a hard-copy and a web-based electronic portfolio, and students will engage in practice interviews to effectively communicate the contents of their portfolio.
NCAD-255
3 Credits
Students study soil, aggregate, Portland cement concrete, asphalt cement concrete and wood products used for construction. Laboratory work focuses on testing soil, aggregates and Portland cement concrete. ASTM standards are used in all testing. Students also test mortar using ASTM standards and follow building codes for framing construction. Students will engage in hands-on lab activities.
NCAD-250
3 Credits
Students gain specialized skills and knowledge in production of presentation graphics using CAD and visualization software. Using general CAD skills as a starting point, students learn to setup and render various types of images and animations for presentation of construction projects to clients, agencies, boards, and the public. Students will engage in a team design project which will culminate with a final presentation.
NCAD-245
3 Credits
This course explores the fundamental relationship between building systems and energy. It also, addresses the building envelope (outside walls, roofing) and how location, siting, landscaping, and material selections affect the energy consumption of a project. Students will be introduced to energy analysis software available through the United States Department of Energy. Students will also learn to apply BIM software to analyze the energy efficiency of building design iterations.
NCAD-265
3 Credits
This course is a continuation of the Construction Materials and Methods I course. Students learn standard technical vocabulary related to common construction materials, basic building science concepts related to thermal insulation and moisture protection, and various construction framing methods. Students will also learn the aesthetic, economic and performance characteristics of a wide variety of non-structural materials and finish products associated with the construction industry. Hands-on lab activities are used to learn how many common products are installed.
NCAD-180
3 Credits
The objective of this course is to develop an understanding of drawings and practices used in the civil drafting field. Students engage in sketching exercises as well as use computer aided drafting tools to create plans and drawings for civil engineering projects. Students are introduced to mapping, surveying, GIS, plot plans, contour lines, highway layout, profiles and earthwork drawings. Students develop an understanding of the technical and legal purpose of these drawings and how to assemble them. No official prerequisites are required, but students should have basic computer literacy skills.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Fugate, James R. "Assessment for Project-Based Courses." Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education. (2018): 1-10. Web.
Dissertation/Thesis
Fugate, James R. "Passive Solar Retrofit for a Gloomy Climate." Diss. Rochester Institute of Technology, 2018. Print.
Grants
Tomaszewski, Brian, et al (2017-2020). REU Site: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Disaster Resilience Spatial Thinking. Grant received/funded by Research Experience for Undergraduate Sites (REU), NSF.