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A Program To Help University Professors Teach Green Engineering Subjects In Their Courses

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Teaching Green Engineering

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7.91.1 - 7.91.16



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Kathryn Hollar

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Mariano Savelski

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Stephanie Farrell

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Robert Hesketh

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C. Stewart Slater

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A Program to Help University Professors Teach Green Engineering Subjects in their Courses

Robert P. Hesketh, Mariano J. Savelski, C. Stewart Slater, Kathryn Hollar, Stephanie Farrell Rowan University Chemical Engineering 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028-1701 Abstract The need to introduce green engineering concepts to undergraduate students has become recognized to be increasingly important by industry and the general populace. The most common method to introduce environmental engineering is through a senior/graduate level elective course on environmental engineering. We believe that green engineering should be taught in a range of courses within an engineering discipline.

In 1998 the Environmental Protection Agency initiated a program in green engineering to develop a text book on green engineering; disseminate these materials and assist university professors in using these materials through national and regional workshops. The textbook is titled, “Green Engineering: Environmentally Conscious Design of Chemical Processes,” and the major authors are David Allen and David Shonnard. The textbook is designed for a senior and graduate chemical engineering course in this subject. Through a program funded by the EPA the use of this text can be incorporated throughout the curriculum. In this program we have developed teaching aides that include: MS PowerPoint presentations, lecture notes, example problems, homework problems, case studies and experiments. In this program we have tailored these tools to fit specific engineering classes such as freshmen and sophomore engineering, mass & energy balances, materials, thermodynamics and upper level chemical engineering courses.

We believe that using green engineering principles at the start of the design process will lead to processes and products of a sustainable future.

INTRODUCTION We believe that the methods of green engineering should be used by all engineers in their daily work. Using these methods will lead to a sustainable future for all. The need to introduce green engineering concepts to undergraduate students has become recognized to be increasingly important.1 This need is being driven in part through the US Engineering Accreditation Commission Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) criteria 2000. Based on this criteria chemical engineering departments must incorporate “ethics, safety and the environment” into the curricula. An additional criterion that must be satisfied is to prepare students with a broad education to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global context. In addition, there has been a large amount of news coverage on governmental solutions to world environmental problems, but we believe that the more significant driver is the adoption by the chemical industry to move toward a sustainable future. Key chemical companies in this drive are DuPont2,3, BP4,5, Dow6,3, Merck7, GSK8, Rohm & Haas9. In addition, professional organizations have taken up issues in sustainable development such as AIChE’s CWRT center10 the American Chemical Society11 and the Chemical Industry Council Responsible Care program12. A

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Hollar, K., & Savelski, M., & Farrell, S., & Hesketh, R., & Slater, C. S. (2002, June), A Program To Help University Professors Teach Green Engineering Subjects In Their Courses Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10861

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