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Integrating Sustainability into Systems Engineering CurriculumAbstract “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” This quote,often referred to as an ancient Native American Indian proverb, summarizes the principle ofsustainability: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of futuregenerations to meet their own needs (Bruntland). The importance of sustainability becomes clearas we try to meet the constantly increasing needs of our society with limited resources on Earth.Systems Engineers can play a very important role in this, that is why, at the Systems Engineeringand Engineering Management Department, we are looking for ways to incorporate sustainabilityinto the curriculum.The purpose of this study is to provide a road-map for Systems Engineering programs forcurriculum design to incorporate sustainability into their curriculum. As part of this process, ourspecific objectives are 1) to identify topics, 2) courses and levels of courses where sustainabilityand sustainable design can be taught 3) while also summarizing sustainability curriculumpractices at different institutions.Some of the sustainability topics that are considered in this research are life cycle assessment,alternative energy sources, principles of sustainability, greenhouse gases, carbon footprint,energy audits, design for sustainability, managing systems based on triple bottom line(environment, economy and society), reverse logistics, and sustainability metrics for continuousimprovement. For courses and their levels, we are considering the options of either creating anew course entirely dedicated to sustainable system design and/or hosting relevant topics insome of the relevant existing courses. Some of these potential courses being evaluated forsustainability integration include SEGR 2101 (System Engineering Concepts), SEGR 3101(System Design and Deployment), SEGR 4131 (Product and Process Design). Our preliminaryfindings based on benchmarking of other programs indicate that while some engineering andbusiness fields offer a more extensive sustainability-related curriculum, there is still a growthopportunity for systems engineering programs in the area of sustainability and sustainabledesign.
Galambosi, A., & Ozelkan, E. C. (2011, June), Integrating Sustainability into Systems Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18247
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