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Incorporating Sustainability and Green Design Concepts into the Engineering and Engineering Technology Curriculum and Programs

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Education

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24.730.1 - 24.730.13



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Radian G Belu Drexel University (Tech.)

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Dr. Radian Belu is Assistant Professor within the Engineering Technology (ET) program - Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He is holding a PHD in power engineering and the other in physics. Before joining to the Drexel University Dr. Belu hold faculty and research positions at universities and research institutes in Romania, Canada and United States. He also worked for several years in industry as project manager, senior engineer and consultant. He has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in power electronics, power systems, renewable energy technologies, smart grids, control theory, electric machines, instrumentation, radar and remote sensing, numerical methods and data analysis, space and atmosphere physics, and applied physics. His research interests included power system stability, control and protection, renewable energy system analysis, assessment and design, smart microgrids, power electronics and electric machines for wind energy conversion, radar and remote sensing, wave and turbulence simulation, measurement and modeling, numerical modeling, electromagnetic compatibility and engineering education. During his career Dr. Belu published eight book chapters, several papers in referred journals and in conference proceedings in his areas of the research interests. He has also been PI or Co-PI for various research projects United States and abroad in power systems analysis and protection, load and energy demand forecasting and analysis, renewable energy, microgrids, turbulence and wave propagation, radar and remote sensing, instrumentation, atmosphere physics, electromagnetic compatibility, and engineering education.

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Lucian Ionel Cioca "Lucian Blaga" University Sibiu, Romania

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Incorporating Sustainability and Green Design Concepts into the Engineering and Engineering Technology Curriculum and ProgramsHuman society is facing an uncertain future due to the present day unsustainable use of naturalresources and the growing imbalance with our natural environment. The creation of a sustainablesociety is a complex multi-disciplinary, multi-stage endeavor that will dominate twenty firstcentury. Sustainable development means industrial progress that meets the needs of the presentwithout compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is importantfor all of us to incorporate sustainable product and process engineering, green and lean design,green manufacturing, assembly system and factory management concepts, rules and principlesinto our engineering and engineering technology courses, making the issue of sustainabledevelopment one of the main priorities of our time. There is a need to instill sustainabilityawareness and concepts among the younger generation to ensure sustainable production can beachieved in the near future. The current practice of society is obviously unsustainable, reflectedby those major issues on population growth, energy consumption, environmental issues, andresource depletion. Sustainability has four basic aspects: the environment, technology, economy,and societal organization. Conventionally, engineers are taught to deal with technologydevelopment and economic analysis to assess the viability of a process, a product, a process or aproject. They are not familiar with the optimization of the human benefits from the technologydevelopment and the environment where materials and energy are available. However, schoolswith undergraduate engineering or engineering technology programs are working to includeenvironmental sustainability and sustainable design into their curricula. Teaching sustainabilityand green design in engineering or engineering technology curricula has increasingly become anessential feature of the present day education. Sustainable engineering is about design thatrecognizes the constraints that are applied by natural resources and the environmental system. Itapplies to all of engineering, as all engineered systems interact with the environment in complexand important ways. The needs for engineering students and practicing engineers to understandsustainability concepts and concerns have been noted by many educators and scientists. Themain goals of our project are to provide the students with multiple and comprehensive exposures,to what it mean to have a sustainable mindset and to facilitate the development of the passionand the skills to integrate sustainable practices into engineering tools and methods. In this studywe are describing our approaches to incorporating sustainability and green design into ourundergraduate curricula and to list a variety of existing resources that can easily be adopted oradapted by our faculty for this purpose. Our approaches are: (1) redesigning existing coursesthrough development of new curricular materials that still meet the objectives of the originalcourse and (2) developing upper division elective courses that address specific topics related tosustainability, such as green design, green manufacturing or life-cycle assessment, in depth.

Belu, R. G., & Chiou, R., & Tseng, T. B., & Cioca, L. I. (2014, June), Incorporating Sustainability and Green Design Concepts into the Engineering and Engineering Technology Curriculum and Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20622

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