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Creating A Multi-Disciplinary Course With Industrial Input Abstract
A diverse group of faculty has begun working on a multi-pronged project that aims to raise awareness among faculty and students about the environmental impact of decisions in manufacturing and product design. The project incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach at several levels including cooperation among diverse faculty, input from industrial partners, and direct collaboration between students, faculty, and administrators.
Initially, the group will develop an engineering elective course employing proven, innovative pedagogical methods and tools that enable students to incorporate environmental as well as economic concerns into technical design. The course will be offered for both undergraduates and graduate students. In an attempt to reach as many students as possible, the course is being offered with minimal prerequisites. It will be team-taught by faculty in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, Business, and Liberal Studies. Significant input into the modules will be sought from Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry faculty.
The multi-disciplinary nature of the course allows the topic to be presented in a comprehensive and unique fashion. The course modules begin with a module exploring historical and ethical perspectives on the environmental impact of industrial processes. Technical content and engineering tools comprise the middle weeks of the course, as life cycle concepts and material choices are introduced. The course concludes with a module presenting business and management perspectives, and will include multiple case studies that illustrate how environmental considerations can be incorporated in the design process.
In addition to the multi-disciplinary faculty component, an industrial advisory board made up of local industry professionals and university professors has been created to oversee the project. The advisory board meets annually to review technical progress by the group and also to provide guest speaker and plant trip opportunities. Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies has offered a set of modules for use in adaptation and implementation of the course.
The National Science Foundation is financially supporting the project with a three-year CCLI grant DUE#0511322.
The goal of creating a multi-disciplinary course with industrial input arose out of the words cited in The Engineer of 2020 as written by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The NAE states that “Engineering practices must incorporate attention to sustainable technology, and engineers need to be educated to consider issues of sustainability in all aspects of design and manufacturing.1” The NAE further states that “engineers have been aware that solutions to many societal problems lie at the interstices
Lynch-Caris, T., & Borchers, A., & El-Sayed, J., & Harding, T., & Hoff, C., & Redekop, B. (2006, June), Creating A Multi Disciplinary Course With Industrial Input Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--906
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