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EnGAGE: Integrating Engineering and Civic Engagement

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Enviromental Engineering Division Poster Session

Tagged Division

Environmental Engineering

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Page Numbers

26.601.1 - 26.601.12



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Alandra Kahl Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny

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Dr. Alandra Kahl currently teaches engineering design and sustainable systems at The Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny campus. She received her doctorate in environmental engineering in 2013 from the University of Arizona, where her dissertation focused on the fate and transport of contaminants of emerging concern in an arid region. Dr. Kahl’s research interests include engineering of sustainable systems, treatment of emerging contaminants via natural systems, and engineering education. She is the author of several technical papers and conference proceedings centered on environmental engineering. Her professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Chemical Society, and the American Society for Engineering Education.

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EnGAGE: Integrating Engineering and Civic EngagementA recent focus in engineering education has been the integration of project based learning andinterdisciplinary coursework. Students are more apt to continue with the discipline if we engage themearly and in innovative ways. This paper details the inception and construction of EnGAGE, aninterdisciplinary collaboration between the Engineering Design course, and the Civic and CommunityEngagement course. EnGAGE is a community garden that will serve the region as well as provideeducational opportunities for our students in both civic engagement and engineering.In fall 2014, City X was identified as a site for community renewal by the local non-profit, NonprofitQ.Two faculty from Local College Campus were invited to participate as project ambassadors in the effort.Students had previously conceived the idea of a community garden during earlier interdisciplinaryefforts. The students were involved in site assessment, planning and construction of the garden. Theparticipants were given short pre and post surveys, as well as asked to write reflections on their workwith the project to gain qualitative and quantitative data.

Kahl, A. (2015, June), EnGAGE: Integrating Engineering and Civic Engagement Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23939

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