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Application of Sustainable Solutions in International Service-Learning Engineering Projects

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Impact of Community Engagement on Communities

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Community Engagement Division

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

24.188.1 - 24.188.18

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https://peer.asee.org/20079

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Carlos German Montoya Rodriguez Ohio State University

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Carlos G. Montoya is a PhD. candidate in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University and his expected date of graduation is August 2014. He also received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2010. His research is on the topics of pavement design, soil mechanics, resilient modulus testing, evaluation of field and laboratory test data, as well as finite element modeling of geotechnical structures. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2009 International Road Federation (IRF) Fellowship Grant selected on the basis of strong academic background, professional qualifications and leadership potential. Currently, he is a Graduate Teaching Associate for the undergraduate level courses of the First Year Engineering Program at The Ohio State University. He has also served as a Resident Director for Engineering Service Learning programs in Honduras where sustainable humanitarian engineering projects have been implemented to bring better life to the people of the community.

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Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto The Ohio State University

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Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1988. She received her BS degree in Civil Engineering from Lamar University, Beaumont,
Texas in 2010. She received her MS in Civil Engineering, with a Structural Engineering focus, from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 2012. She is currently a PhD student in Civil Engineering and a Graduate Teaching Associate for Engineering Service Learning Program at the Engineering Education Innovation Center at Ohio State University, USA. In 2011, she received the Distinguished Graduate Student Women in Engineering Award. Her current research interests include structural control and health monitoring, sustainable green infrastructure and humanitarian engineering.

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Roger Dzwonczyk The Ohio State University

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EDUCATION
BSEE Northeastern University, Boston, MA Electrical Engineering
MSBME The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH Biomedical Engineering

EMPLOYMENT
2014-Present The Ohio State University, College of Engineering
1981-2013 The Ohio State University Department of Anesthesiology
1995-1997 Lyntek Medical Technologies, Inc.,
1970-1971 Ebasco Service Inc.
1974-1976 United Engineers and Constructors
1968-1970 RCA Corp.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
1973-Present Eta Kappa Nu.
1973-Present Tau Beta Pi.
1989-Present Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.
2004-Present American College of Clinical Engineering

REGISTRATIONS
1989-Present Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE)
1984-Present Registered Professional Engineer (PE)

PUBLICATIONS
51 Peer-reviewed journal publications
74 Conference presentations
9 Short papers
10 Patents

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John A Merrill Ohio State University

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Dr.Merrill is Associate Director of the Engineering Education Innovation Center at Ohio State University.

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Howard L. Greene Ohio State University

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Howard Greene is a Senior Project Manager and Research Specialist at the Ohio State University (OSU) who directs K-12 Education Outreach for the College of Engineering. Dr. Greene has built capacity in several aspects of Humanitarian Engineering (HE) through the Engineering Education Innovation Center (EEIC), including the creation of a newly-piloted Humanitarian Engineering Capstone program in conjunction with partners in Honduras. He has served as technical advisor and resident director for service learning and capstone team trips and was instrumental to the formation of a new HE-themed Engineering Scholars Community at OSU. He led an NSF SSTEM proposal that is bringing ~$600K in scholarships to students in the OSU HE Scholars Program. Dr. Greene started and now chairs the Humanitarian Engineering Advisory, a consortium of faculty, staff and students across the university with interest and involvement in Humanitarian Engineering.

Prior to OSU, Dr. Greene worked for 12 years as a product development engineer and project manager in Medical Device Solutions at Battelle, an $8B international non-profit R&D organization headquartered in Columbus. Prior to Battelle, Dr. Greene was a Professor in Electronic Engineering Technology at DeVry University. Dr. Greene received the Ph. D. and M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, respectively from OSU and the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Akron.

Dr. Greene serves on the Board of Directors for Design Outreach, a non-profit that leverages senior technical and project management capability at major engineering firms to develop humanitarian engineering solutions in developing countries. Design Outreach has developed the LifePump™ in its work with World Vision to bring clean water to sub-Saharan Africa.

At OSU, Dr. Greene serves as the Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Advisors for the Department of Biomedical Engineering, as a member of the University Teacher Education Council (UTEC) and as a coordinator for OSU’s Outreach and Engagement.

Dr. Greene is engaged actively in K-12 STEM Education Outreach, launching Hometown Ambassadors and Translating Engineering Research to K-8 (TEK8) programs for the College. He has active K-12 Education grants from the Ohio Department of Education and National Science Foundation.

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Miriam Cater Ohio State University

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Miriam Cater is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering, researching methods of reducing porosity in fused-deposition modeling applications. She has completed her MFA in Design Development, where her research included investigating and developing appropriate small-scale wind generator designs for developing countries.

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Abstract

Application of Sustainable Solutions in International Service-Learning Engineering ProjectsThere is a strong interest in the contemporary generation of engineering students to accomplishproject work that will give them the possibility to improve the lives of people in developingregions of the world. Engineering service-learning focuses on identifying the necessities of acommunity and developing solutions based on the existing limitations and constraints. Service-learning projects are an opportunity for students to learn about why technology is essential tosociety and important skills such as communication and teamwork. Since 2005, we haveconducted an engineering service-learning program in Honduras. The program consists of threecomponents: preparation, implementation, and evaluation. These components are aimed tointroduce and teach students the concepts of humanitarian engineering through a practical, real-world, hands-on experience. During the first stage, the students assess needs in collaborationwith in-country partners, and then research, design, develop, prototype, test and document theirchosen projects. In the second stage, the students implement and execute these projects. Finally,the students evaluate their designs and document their results as well as make recommendationsfor future work. In addition, the program allows the students learn about the history, culture,politics, health issues, socioeconomics and specific needs of Honduras and its people. In thecourse of the program, the students also have the opportunity to develop their needs assessment,research and development, problem-solving, project management, time management,multidisciplinary teamwork, and communications skills in a real-world internationalenvironment. Sustainability and local ownership in the projects is emphasized in the program. Inthis paper, we will showcase the projects completed in the spring of 2013 at two locations inHonduras. These projects varied from water quality/water distribution and alternative energysolutions to agricultural innovations, site assessment and community education. The program hasattracted a diverse segment of engineering students, including a disproportionally large numberof women engineers, as compared to general engineering student population at this institution.We will describe the processes, constraints, challenges and rewards of our efforts, as well as theunique aspects and lessons we have come to appreciate from this educational model.

Montoya Rodriguez, C. G., & Gutierrez Soto, M., & Dzwonczyk, R., & Merrill, J. A., & Greene, H. L., & Cater, M. (2014, June), Application of Sustainable Solutions in International Service-Learning Engineering Projects Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20079

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