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Engineering Education By An Application Oriented Design

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1996 Annual Conference

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Washington, District of Columbia

Publication Date

June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996

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2153-5965

Page Count

6

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1.190.1 - 1.190.6

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https://peer.asee.org/6024

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Ron K. Bhada

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J. Derald Morgan

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Abbas Ghassemi

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Engineering Education by An Application Oriented Design

Ron K. Bhada, Abbas Ghassemi, J. Derald Morgan New Mexico State University Waste-management Education & Research Consortium

Introduction:

Efficient and safe management of a sustainable environment is an in creasingly critical national goal. It is a b r o a d i s s u e which c a n n o t b e a d d r e s s e d b y a n y o n e entity a n d r e q u i r e s a multi-disciplinary, multi- organizational a p p r o a c h . In 1990, the U . S . D e p a r t m e n t o f E n e r g y a p p r o v e d a c o o p e r a t i v e a g r e e m e n t to e s t a b l i s h t h e W a s t e - m a n a g e m e n t . E d u c a t i o n a n d R e s e a r c h Consortium (WERC) o f N e w M e x i c o . T h e p r o g r a m p a r t n e r s i n c l u d e N e w Mexico State University, t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f N e w M e x i c o , t h e N e w Mexico Institute o f Mining a n d T e c h n o l o g y a n d Navajo C o m m u n i t y C o l l e g e i n c o l l a b o r a t i o n with L o s Alamos a n d Sandia National L a b o r a t o r i e s a n d o v e r 4 0 industrial organizations. T h e mission o f t h e c o n s o r t i u m is t o e x p a n d t h e nation’s human and technology resources t o address all types of environmental issues through unique education, technology d e v e l o p m e n t / t e c h n o l o g y t r a n s f e r a n d public o u t r e a c h p r o g r a m s .

W E R C h a s d e v e l o p e d a n d i m p l e m e n t e d a unique method of providing design e d u c a t i o n b y providing a r e a l - l i f e s o l u t i o n o f a site p r o b l e m . The WERC has i n n o v a t e d a w a y in w h i c h a r e a l p r o b l e m is p r o v i d e d to university t e a m s t h a t w o r k o n this a n d d e v e l o p a total solution f o r this p r o b l e m . The WERC consortium provides a p r o b l e m statement o f a r e a l issue o n either a Department o f E n e r g y site o r a n i n d u s t r i a l site to universities in August o f each year. This coincides with t h e start o f t h e academic y e a r at m o s t universities. Universities t h e n f o r m teams which w o r k o n this issue n o t o n l y f r o m a technical viewpoint, but also considering economics, public policy, regulations, public outreach and all other aspects that affect the application of a solution to a site issue. Top universities from throughout the country form teams made up of technical, as well as other department individuals, and work on this through the year. In April of the subsequent year, they provide a written solution to the WERC consortium judges. The judges a r e m a d e u p o f t o p experts f r o m g o v e r n m e n t , industry a n d academia. T h e university teams f r o m t h r o u g h o u t t h e U . S . t h e n t r a v e l to a central s i t e in N e w Mexico w h e r e t h e y m a k e a presentation of their solution to the judges a n d d e m o n s t r a t e t h e solution c o n c e p t o n a b e n c h s c a l e . Again, t h e judges p a y attention not o n l y to t h e technical solution, b u t a l s o t o h o w t h e s e teams h a v e a d d r e s s e d t h e o t h e r i s s u e s , i.e., e c o n o m i c s , public policy, regulations, etc.

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Bhada, R. K., & Morgan, J. D., & Ghassemi, A. (1996, June), Engineering Education By An Application Oriented Design Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. https://peer.asee.org/6024

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