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Engagement in Practice: Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Community Engagement Division Technical Session 1

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Community Engagement Division

Page Count

7

DOI

10.18260/1-2--28228

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https://peer.asee.org/28228

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Jay B. Brockman University of Notre Dame

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Dr. Jay Brockman is the Associate Dean of Engineering for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and previously worked for Intel Corporation. He is also a founder of Emu Solutions, Inc., a startup company that is commercializing research in the area of high-performance computing.

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Maria Krug University of Notre Dame

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Maria Krug received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 and is now pursuing a M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to returning to Notre Dame, Maria worked as a Civil Engineer on water and wastewater infrastructure projects at Whitman, Requardt & Associates in Baltimore, MD. Her research interests include the monitoring and modeling of green infrastructure and undergraduate experiential learning in both domestic and international contexts. She co-teaches a project-based engineering course at the University of Notre Dame that is a key component of the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem.

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Alicia Czarnecki Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem

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Alicia Czarnecki is a senior Environmental Engineering major at the University of Notre Dame. Alicia served as Team Leader for the Summer 2016 Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem intern team. Previously she was an intern for two summers at the City of South Bend Department of Public Works - Division of Engineering. Alicia was recently selected to serve on the new Ecological Advocacy Committee of the South Bend Board of Park Commissioners, and is a member of the 2017 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. After graduation, Alicia will be working for Abonmarche, an engineering design firm located in South Bend.

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Ryan M Nell Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem

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My professional interests are in the areas of sustainability, geochemistry and environmental science/remediation. After finishing my bachelors in geology and continuing on to receive my doctorate in environmental geochemistry, I am looking to be actively involved with real world solutions to environmental needs.

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Gary Allen Gilot P.E. University of Notre Dame

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Gary A. Gilot is the Director of Engineering Leadership and Community Engagement at the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Gary is a Fellow at the University Center for Social Concerns.

Gary earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University in Upstate New York (1978), and Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University at South Bend (1985). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana (since 1982).

Gary continues to serve as President of Board of Public Works in South Bend.

Gary previously served as Director of Public Works and President of Board of Public Works in South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana for 30 years.

Gary remains actively engaged in the community. Locally, Gary was recognized for distinguished public service by the South Bend Alumni Association. On a statewide level of recognition, Gary is a recipient of the Ivan H. Brinegar municipal management award through the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Nationally in August, 2010, Gary was selected as the nation's 2010 “Public Works Leader of the Year” by American City & County magazine for technology innovation.

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Victoria E Goodrich University of Notre Dame

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Dr. Victoria Goodrich is the Director of the First-Year Engineering Program at the University of Notre Dame. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a MS and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Notre Dame. Her research focuses primarily on Engineering Education issues, especially focused within the first-year engineering experience.

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Abstract

Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem (BCe2) is a partnership that pilots community-engaged, sustainable projects to address real world challenges in the Southeast neighborhood of City Y, a mid-size city in the midwest. BCe2 is made up of a diverse group of students and faculty from area high schools and colleges, community groups and neighborhood associations from the Southeast Neighborhood, local businesses, and the City Y through the Metro Lab Network (MLN) partnership. The Southeast Neighborhood is used as a sandbox of innovation to develop feasibility studies, designs and prototypes for smart green infrastructure and data-driven community development solutions to show transferability of both skills and local talent within local businesses, as well as knowledge transfer to address similar challenges in other neighborhoods and cities. The team employs human-centered participatory design to address City pain points by following the design thinking process: 1. Empathize, 2. Define, 3. Ideate, 4. Prototype, and 5. Test. On every project, the team iterates with community and partner stakeholder input and adjusts project scope when necessary to be responsive to stakeholder needs. The BCe2 Summer 2016 Internship Program consisted of 22 interns from 6 of the area institutions addressing 9 projects in the Southeast Neighborhood. The success from the summer is an accomplishment springboard to carry talent engaged in purpose of advancing “smart city where everyone can thrive” momentum forward. In 2017, BCe2 will build on its strong networked relationships and strategically advance its projects and programs done with the community for meaningful outcomes and transformational long term impact.

Brockman, J. B., & Krug, M., & Czarnecki, A., & Nell, R. M., & Gilot, G. A., & Goodrich, V. E. (2017, June), Engagement in Practice: Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28228

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