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Grand Challenges in Sustainability: Learning & Integration from Engineering Contexts

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability and Grand Challenges

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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26.826.1 - 26.826.9



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Saviniano Samuel Perez Arizona State University

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Sam’s work as an Instructional designer centers on creating engineering and technical science based online learning courses for sustainability professionals and adult learners. He engages learners to “think in new boxes” through inquiry based learning labs and solutions oriented projects at the ASU School of Sustainability- Executive Master for Sustainability Leadership. He has 12 years teaching experience in the undergraduate and graduate levels and taught computer science, math and management courses. Sam has graduate degrees in Instructional Technology from California State University at San Bernardino and E-Commerce from Boston University.

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2015 ASEE National ConferenceTitle: Grand Challenges in Sustainability: Learning & Integration from Engineering ContextsThe integration of sustainability in Leadership training in engineering have largely centered on methodsand skills development of the “Green Leader”. The National Academy of Engineering has developed a setof Grand Challenges which has sustainability themes embedded into it such as solar energy, carbonsequestration, fusion energy, nitrogen cycle, clean water and urban infrastructure.Graduate education in the sustainability field has not integrated these sustainability themed grandchallenges as part of the general graduate sustainability curriculum. Higher education institutions suchas Arizona State University have an opportunity to integrate these grand challenges into “Introductionto Sustainability” courses. The advantage of integrating a sustainability theme grand challenge is thatstudents start their graduate education by analyzing real world issues that impact stakeholders,sustainability advocates and public constituents. Students will get to explore and examine these issuesin a Learning Lab in a semi-structured learning environment guided by a research question and tools tohelp define the scope of the sustainability themed grand challenge. Students will be expected topresent their work to a real-world client and receive feedback to their solutions orientedrecommendations.

Perez, S. S. (2015, June), Grand Challenges in Sustainability: Learning & Integration from Engineering Contexts Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24163

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