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Appropriate And Sustainable Engineering (Ase) Concentration

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Sustainable Education and the Environment

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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14.230.1 - 14.230.11

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Elaine Scott Seattle Pacific University

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John Lindberg Seattle Pacific University

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Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering (ASE) Concentration


As part of a new General Engineering (GE) program beginning Fall 2009, the Appropriate Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (ASE) Footprint Concentration is focused on engineering at the crossroads between stewardship to our planet and service to the poor as shown in Figure 1. We seek to address our environmental footprint in ASE the developed world though sustainable engineering solutions while addressing the needs of the world’s poor through development of Global Standard appropriate technology. Sustainable design can of Living be characterized as maintaining or improving material and social conditions for human health Engineering at the Crossroads and the environment over time without exceeding the ecological capabilities that Figure 1. The Appropriate and Sustainable support them. Appropriate technology can be Engineering (ASE) Concentration aims to characterized as being small scale, energy address our needs for environmental efficient, environmentally sound, socially stewardship and service to the world’s poor. acceptable, and technologically appropriate to be built and maintained by the local community1. In the development of this program, we believe that it is critical to seek engineering solutions that lie in the crossroads of these two approaches.

As a result, this program will serve multiple purposes. First, the program will prepare students interested in work in the developing world with a solid and relevant engineering background, along with courses to prepare them to engage positively in other cultures. This could include an international engineering internship in the developing world. Second, we aim to recruit students from developing countries to participate in this program to bring critical skills back to their native countries. Finally, as our own resources become limited in this country, the need for engineers to address issues related to sustainability will grow, and students from this program will be well equipped to address this challenge here in the U.S. This program joins a growing number of program addressing sustainability and appropriate technology issues (e.g., the Engineering for Developing Communities program at Univ. of Colorado, Boulder.2)

This paper is focused on development of the program’s learning outcomes, the resulting curriculum development, the use of project-based courses, and program assessment.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes we seek for our Appropriate and Sustainable Engineering Concentration within the General Engineering degree program are focused in three areas: competence, community, and character. These support our goals for the program, our

Scott, E., & Lindberg, J. (2009, June), Appropriate And Sustainable Engineering (Ase) Concentration Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas.

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