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Integrating Environmental Engineering and Sustainability into Engineering Science and General Engineering Programs

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Conference

2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Environmental Engineering Pedagogy and Innovation

Tagged Division

Environmental Engineering

Page Count

10

Page Numbers

24.772.1 - 24.772.10

DOI

10.18260/1-2--20664

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https://peer.asee.org/20664

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45

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Brenda Read-Daily Elizabethtown College

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Brenda Read-Daily received a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Bradley University, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering also at the University of Notre Dame. During her graduate studies, she conducted multidisciplinary research combining microbiology with engineering design. Her research interests include optimizing biological nutrient removal processes in agricultural drainage and wastewater treatment processes in order to mitigate pollution. She is currently developing undergraduate research opportunities examining nitrogen removal in tile drainage systems.

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Abstract

Integrating  Environmental  Engineering  into  General  Engineering  Programs  as   a  Means  of  Enhancing  Curriculum  in  Sustainability    A  growing  number  of  general  engineering  and  engineering  science  programs  offer  environmental  engineering  concentrations  with  many  others  integrating  sustainability  into  their  curriculums.    One  such  program  is  at  Elizabethtown  College,  which  offers  a  general  engineering  degree  with  a  concentration  in  sustainable  design.    This  program  is  undergoing  rapid  growth  with  an  increasing  percentage  of  students  choosing  the  sustainable  design  concentration.  Currently,  to  satisfy  the  requirements  for  this  concentration,  students  take  courses  in  a  wide  range  of  topics  including  green  architecture,  green  robotics,  renewable  energy,  and  population  and  global  issues  in  addition  to  traditional  engineering  subjects.    However,  the  department  decided  that  environmental  engineering  was  a  missing  piece  in  its  curriculum.    Therefore,  an  environmental  engineer  was  recently  added  to  the  faculty,  which  previously  had  consisted  of  mechanical  engineers,  electrical  engineers,  and  physicists.    This  move  was  made  to  diversify  the  program  and  meet  the  increasing  demand  for  students  interested  in  a  wide  range  of  sustainability  topics.    The  question  now  emerges,  which  environmental  engineering  courses  should  the  program  offer  to  best  meet  the  needs  of  sustainable  design  concentration?    This  paper  describes  the  process  that  Elizabethtown  is  currently  undergoing  as  it  determines  how  to  adapt  its  curriculum.    In  addition,  it  provides  an  overview  of  what  classes  existing  general  engineering  programs  offer  within  their  environmental  engineering  concentrations.  As  the  field  of  engineering  shift  towards  placing  a  heavier  emphasis  on  sustainability,  it  is  important  to  start  a  broader  conversation  about  how  general  engineering  programs  can  integrate  environmental  engineering  to  equip  future  engineers.          

Read-Daily, B. (2014, June), Integrating Environmental Engineering and Sustainability into Engineering Science and General Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20664

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