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Experiences While Incorporating Sustainability Engineering into the Industrial Engineering CurriculaAccording to The Engineer of 2020 (National Academy of Engineering, 2004), to maintain thenation’s economic competitiveness and improve the quality of life for people around the world,engineering educators and curriculum developers must anticipate dramatic changes inengineering practice and adapt their programs accordingly. Current environmental issues havecaused society to realize that industries and individuals must have sustainable systems to meetthe needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their ownneeds (Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987). Therefore,one of the main goals of the present paper is to show how sustainability engineering curriculumhas been included into the Industrial Engineering curricula to respond to current demands toproduce environmentally conscious engineers capable of understanding sustainable practices andtheir implications. For the authors, creating a special topics class for the new course within theindustrial engineering department seemed very appropriate since industrial engineering hasalways focused in the optimization of resources, thus there is a natural connection between thesustainability definition and what industrial engineers have always practiced.The main objective of this paper is to present the approach used to integrate sustainabilityengineering content into the engineering curriculum at our University. The approach involvesoffering a multidisciplinary class in sustainability engineering which was offered to junior orsenior engineering students as a technical elective class with no prerequisites. The class wasdivided in four main modules which are Life Cycle Assessment, Energy Management, Designfor Sustainability, and Ethical Consumerism.A team teaching approach was used to teach the class with faculty members from thedepartments of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems EngineeringDepartment. In the class, students were required to work in teams to solve two different projects.The first project was mainly related to life cycle assessment (LCA) in which students were askedto perform an LCA for a particular product and provide an analysis of their results. The secondproject involved a presentation to expand one of the main modules of the class. Finally, thecourse was evaluated using student questionnaires and exit interviews. Moreover, one additionalsurvey was sent to the students six months after they took the class to collect data and assessstudent learning.
Taboada, H. A., & Espiritu, J. F., & Vazquez, A., & Moreno, O. C. (2011, June), Experiences While Incorporating Sustainability Engineering into the Industrial Engineering Curricula Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17961
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