June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
Community Engagement Division
23.27.1 - 23.27.14
A Community-Engagement-Based Design Project in Introductory Environmental EngineeringA collaborative, community-based design project was implemented in the upper-divisionundergraduate technical elective Introduction to Environmental Engineering. Students integratedtechnical engineering skills, newly-learned geographical information system (GIS) skills, and theengineering design process, all in the context of the design of a debris flow barrier for awilderness land parcel acquired by a local conservancy group.The Rosemont Preserve is a wilderness land recently preserved by the Arroyos and FoothillsConservancy. The Conservancy is working to steward the land and to produce programs for thelocal community. As part of the wilderness land preservation, the Conservancy is interested inthe design of a more-aesthetically pleasing debris flow barrier for the Rosemont Preserve.The conservancy board of directors served as liaisons for the design project, providedbackground material and the project statement to the student team, as well as answered questionsand provided guidance during the design process. The student team characterized the wildernesssite; acquired relevant GIS data; studied the physics of debris flow and examined previous debrisflow barrier designs. The team produced alternative designs for the barrier and chose the bestdesign by applying design metrics. The alternative designs and rationale for the chosen designwere presented to the board of directors of the Conservancy.This particular project included a significant tie to community involvement and engagement ofthe students with the local community. If the Conservancy decides to implement the students’design, it will be a part of the preservation and stewardship of the Rosemont Preserve.
Cardenas, M. (2013, June), A Community-Engagement-Based Design Project in Introductory Environmental Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19041
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