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Establishing a Sustainability Component in an Engineering Design Course

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Education

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26.681.1 - 26.681.10



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Jaby Mohammed The Petroleum Institute Orcid 16x16

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Jaby Mohammed is a faculty at The Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2006), masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2003) and also a master’s in business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2001). His research interests include advanced manufacturing, design methodologies, six sigma, lean manufacturing, and engineering education. He previously taught at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN and at Morehead State University, KY. He is a member of IIE, SME, ASQ, ASEE, and Informs.

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Sami Ainane The Petroleum Institute

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ESTABLISHING SUSTAINABILITY COMPONENT IN AN ENGINEERING DESIGN COURSEEnvironmental protection agency defines sustainability as something that creates and maintainsthe conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permitfulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Theconcept of sustainability has been widely accepted and is considered a desirable feature in anyproduct or system that is being designed. Engineers play a vital role in the societal developmentand even they are characterized as the exploiters of potential for useful purpose. Perceptions onsustainability differ from culture to culture and from industry to industry.STPS 201 (Strategies for team based problem solving) is a three credit sophomore engineeringdesign course at The Petroleum Institute which introduces the students to engineering design.This course is currently being modified to address the sustainability component which wouldserve to increase the awareness of sustainability, thereby fulfilling the ABET requirements forthe program, objectives of the university sponsors, and finally the UAE 2020 vision. Theobjectives and visions are laid very clearly at the top but not much is done between the levels toaddress the sustainability component. So a “bottom-up” approach is being used to embed thesustainability into the university curricula to meet the objectives and vision.In this paper, authors will address  Need to address the sustainability component in the curriculum  How the sustainability component is introduced in to their engineering design course.  Student perceptions on sustainability and would also provide survey results of the students’ knowledge on sustainability before and after taking the course.Keywords: Sustainability, Engineering design and manufacturing

Mohammed, J., & Ainane, S. (2015, June), Establishing a Sustainability Component in an Engineering Design Course Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24018

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