June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Design in Engineering Education
26.944.1 - 26.944.15
Incorporating Sustainable Engineering Design Principles into Senior Design ProposalsAbstractSustainability as a multidisciplinary concept has been introduced and developed for over twentyyears, and its principles have been well recognized by engineering professionals, especially inenvironmental-related fields. However, it remains challenging for most engineering educators toengage students with such a concept in their traditional technical courses. It is even morechallenging to prepare students for integrating the sustainability principles into their engineeringdesign process since it requires knowledge, training and practice. In our engineering program,senior engineering students are required to prepare their senior design proposals in a fallsemester and complete the project in the following spring semester. The topics of senior designprojects are chosen by students, not professors. Since last year, each team is required to evaluatethe project from a sustainability point of view in the final report. Accordingly, a new approach isproposed in this paper to enhance students’ understanding of sustainable engineering designprinciples and to help them synthesize sustainability concepts already introduced in previouscourses. This new process starts right after the students select the project topic and form inteams. A six-factor table proposed by Pawley et al. will be introduced to the students. Thisframework is used to evaluate an engineering project at the early stage on six factors, i.e.systems, time, energy, modeling, people and scale. Each team will use it as an anchor to identifythe sustainability – related opportunities and potential issues with the topic the team selects.Then, an integrated sustainable engineering design process will be adopted which includes eightmore tasks in addition to the thirteen tasks required in a traditional engineering design process.Consequently, each team will be required to develop a sustainable engineering design flowchartthat specifically ties to the team project. For an assessment purpose, pre- and post- anonymousstudent surveys will be developed and implemented. The results will be analyzed and discussedin the full paper.
Yuan, D., & Fraser, J. M., & Paudel, A. M. (2015, June), Incorporating Sustainable Engineering Design Principles into Senior Design Proposals Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24281
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