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Green Engineering Design Through Project Based Industrial Partnerships

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Capstone Courses II

Tagged Division

Environmental Engineering

Page Count

12

Page Numbers

11.671.1 - 11.671.12

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https://peer.asee.org/168

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C. Stewart Slater Rowan University

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C. Stewart Slater is a Professor and Founding Chair of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. He received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. from Rutgers University. His research and teaching interests are in the area of membrane technology where he has applied this to fields such as specialty chemical manufacture, green engineering, bio/pharmaceutical manufacture and food processing. He is the recipient of the 1999 Chester Carlson Award, 1999 and 1998 Joseph J. Martin Award, 1996 George Westinghouse Award, and the 1989 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award.

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Mariano Savelski Rowan University

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Mariano J. Savelski is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and B.S. from the University of Buenos Aires. His research is in the area of process design and optimization with over seven years of industrial experience. His research in water and energy integration for green engineering design has been applied to industries from food processing to petroleum refining. He also has interests in ethanol production from renewable resources. He is the recipient of the 2000 Lindback Foundation Faculty Award.

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Robert Hesketh Rowan University

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Robert P. Hesketh is a Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University. He received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. His research and teaching interests are in the area of reaction engineering, combustion kinetics and process engineering. He is the recipient of the 1999 Ray W. Fahien award, 2001 and 1998 Joseph J. Martin Award, Robert G. Quinn award, and the 1998 Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award.

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Green Engineering Design through Project-based Industrial Partnerships

Abstract

Student projects have examined the impact of green engineering on both R&D and manufacturing in several chemical industries. This has been accomplished through industry- university partnerships with pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies. Several grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency have supported initiatives in green chemistry, engineering and design. These projects have the broader goal of supporting sustainability in the chemical industry.

Introduction

Too often the teaching of a technical subject like green engineering is limited to an individual class experience or one dimensional laboratory or design experience. The teaching of green engineering in the curriculum is greatly enhanced by active participation of students throughout the curriculum and in real-world projects. Green engineering is a multidisciplinary topic that if practiced to the fullest would greatly impact how industry operates and provide a sustainable future. Rowan University is incorporating green engineering into its curricula in various course and our latest efforts (as described in this paper) are to actively involve industry in green engineering projects through our engineering clinic program.

The EPA originally defined green engineering as the design, commercialization and use of processes and products that are feasible and economical while minimizing the generation of pollution at the source and also minimizing risk to human health and the environment [1]. The definition of green engineering was more broadly defined in a recent conference (Sandestin, Florida, 2003) to transforming existing engineering disciplines and practices to those that lead to sustainability. Green engineering incorporates development and implementation of products, processes, and systems that meet technical and cost objectives while protecting human health and welfare and elevating the protection of the biosphere as a criterion in engineering solutions [2]. Nine green engineering principles were developed as a result of this conference. Engineers should follow these principles to fully implement green engineering solutions: 1. Engineer processes and products holistically, use systems analysis, and integrate environmental impact assessment tools. 2. Conserve and improve natural ecosystems while protecting human health and well-being. 3. Use life cycle thinking in all engineering activities. 4. Ensure that all material and energy inputs and outputs are as inherently safe and benign as possible. 5. Minimize depletion of natural resources. 6. Strive to prevent waste. 7. Develop and apply engineering solutions, while being cognizant of local geography, aspirations and cultures.

Slater, C. S., & Savelski, M., & Hesketh, R. (2006, June), Green Engineering Design Through Project Based Industrial Partnerships Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/168

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