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Board 115: Integrating Humanities with Engineering Fundamentals

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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12

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Kauser Jahan Rowan University

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Kauser Jahan, is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan University. She received her B.S.C.E. from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, an MSCE from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Her passion as an educator and mentor has been recognized by many professional organizations over the years. She is the recipient of the Gloucester County Women of Achievement Award, Lindback Foundation Teaching Award, the NJ ASCE Educator of the Year award, the Gary J. Hunter Excellence in Mentoring Award, the ASEE Environmental Engineering Division Meritorious Service Award, the ASEE Women in Engineering Division Sharon A. Keillor Award and the WEPAN Women in Engineering Initiative Award. She has been instrumental in establishing the Attracting Women into Engineering, the Engineers on Wheels and Engineering Clinics for Teachers programs at Rowan University. She has served as the Institutional Representative and Advisory Board Chair for the Women's Professional Network at Rowan University for six years and currently is an advisory board member of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE). She received a Fulbright award in 2015.

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Tiago R. Forin Rowan University

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Tiago Forin is a PhD candidate in Engineering Education and researcher at Purdue University affiliated with XRoads Research Group, the Global Engineering Program and the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness. He received a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Florida State University and a Master's degree in environmental engineering from Purdue University.

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Roisin Breen Rowan University

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Roisin Breen is a senior Chemical Engineering student at Rowan University. She has interests in the environment and humanities, and aspires to make a positive impact through her career in engineering.

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Patricia Lynn Hurley Rowan University

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Patricia Hurley is a senior undergraduate student in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Rowan University. She is a member of the Algae Grows the Future clinic project.

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Erin Elizabeth Pepe Rowan University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/https://0000-0002-4391-5927

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A Civil and Environmental Engineering student at Rowan University. A member of the Rowan University Algae Grows the Future team.

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Jiayun Shen Rowan University

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He is currently a senior at Rowan University, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Iman Noshadi Rowan University

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Abstract

The National Academy of Engineering identified the Grand Challenges for Engineering in 2008. The United Nations Sustainable Development Summit also set sustainable development goals that were adopted by world leaders in 2015. These goals, which were set to be achieved in a fifteen-year period, address pressing universal issues, including climate change, social inequalities, poverty, and clean water access. The field of engineering is regarded as an essential part of innovation, technological progress, and addressing global issues. The humanities, however, are often overlooked as being a softer science and are considered to be dichotomous with the field of engineering. A bridge between engineering and the humanities must be built, for they are incontestably intertwined. Engineering, by its very nature, is based around creativity and moving the world forward. Too often, engineering courses teach only equations and figures, overlooking how these fundamentals relate to the world and its people. In an effort to empower and prepare the next generation of engineers to create sustainable solutions to global issues, xxx University, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), has developed a curriculum based around algae. The project is titled "Algae Grows the Future". This curriculum utilizes algae-based experiments and lessons to teach foundational engineering principles, emphasize the link between engineering and humanities, and encourage students to pursue creative, conscientious solutions. The curriculum has been designed with adjustable complexity, suiting K-12 and college freshman students, and has been implemented in both middle school and freshman engineering classrooms. Calorimetry experiments allow students to investigate the nutritional benefits of algae-based products and challenge students to consider the application of algae in the fight against world hunger. Gas transfer experiments are used to research the sustainability of algae in the water treatment process. Algae can also be used to generate energy sustainably, as the oils found in some algae species can be used as biofuels. Students learn about biofuels and extract algae oils to generate energy within the classroom. While students learn principles of math, science, and experimentation, they are also encouraged to explore the political, cultural, and economic barriers that prevent algae-based solutions from being implemented in many places around the world. . Each experiment requires data collection, analyses and interpretation. Technical and reflective writings along with oral presentations are integrated with the course. Students are exposed to case studies via movies, readings and documentaries that allow them to learn about ethics, race/gender issues and public policy. The objective of this curriculum is to give students the knowledge to help them solve sustainable development issues in the future, while also teaching them crucial engineering skills and awareness of global issues. Ultimately, this project hopes to teach a generation of future thinkers the impact that engineering can have on solving humanitarian issues around the world.

Jahan, K., & Forin, T. R., & Breen, R., & Hurley, P. L., & Pepe, E. E., & Shen, J., & Noshadi, I. (2018, June), Board 115: Integrating Humanities with Engineering Fundamentals Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/29885

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