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Education On Globalization And Sustainability For Engineers

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Global Engineering in an Interconnected World

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8.462.1 - 8.462.19



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Narasingarao Sreenath

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Education on Globalization and Sustainability for Engineers by Sree N. Sreenath, Mihajlo D. Mesarovic and Ali M. Vali Case Western Reserve University Cleveland OH 44106-7071 216-368-6219

1. Introduction

ABET requirements specify the need for engineering students to understand globalization and its impacts on science, technology, employment and socio-political contexts. An approach has been developed at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in which students get insight into globalization and sustainability by working on problem solving for a range of global issues—from climate change to AIDS, demographic transition, aging, carrying capacity, resource use (E.g.: water, energy, labor) etc. Dominant relationships, hierarchical modeling and techniques for combining the quantitative with the qualitative are used. A teaching tool has been developed with models and real-life data, which the students use in classroom exercises, as well as on a research project as a course requirement. The approach has been used for several years in undergraduate, university-wide course. The opportunity is provided for the students to interact with peers in foreign countries on the selected global issues via the Internet. In Section 2 we will discuss the methodology used. Hierarchy and multilevel modeling approach is described. Section 3 discusses the Integrated Process briefly. Section 4 describes GLOBESIGHT the reasoning support tool used in detail. Section 5 discusses the Scenario analysis and Section 6the teaching experience.


Sreenath, N. (2003, June), Education On Globalization And Sustainability For Engineers Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11757

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