San Antonio, Texas
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Integrating Sustainability Principles in Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum – a Home for Environmentally Responsible EngineeringThe first two years of many engineering curricula are saturated with foundational mathematicsand science, design skills, engineering fundamentals, and professional practices. The complexityof sustainability principles often forces its relocation later in the educational process, leading to atreatment which is too marginal to be meaningful. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’sHome for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) is an effort to incorporatesustainability principles early in the curriculum. The HERE program integrates sustainabilitythroughout the freshman-year curriculum for a cohort of interested students acrossdisciplines. The HERE students reside together in a living-learning community during theirfreshman year and take four courses as a group, including sustainability-themed sections ofcourses in college and life skills and rhetoric and composition, as well as a humanities electivecourse on sustainability in a global context. The fourth common course is the introduction todesign course, where the HERE cohort will be able to implement a real sustainable engineeringproject on the Rose-Hulman campus, courtesy of a grant from Procter & Gamble. The goal ofthe common first-year classes and the shared residence hall is to provide the students a model formaking sustainability a foundational part of their engineering education and practice. Byassessing student knowledge of sustainability principles at the beginning and end of the freshmanyear, the effectiveness of the program is evaluated to show that the HERE program helpsstudents learn to view sustainable design methodologies and awareness of the triple bottom lineas integral to their understanding of the profession of engineering. Future plans are beingdeveloped to continue the program past the freshman year.
Mueller, J., & Taylor, C. M., & Brackin, P., & House, R. A., & Toohey, K., & DeVasher, M. S., & DeVasher, R. B., & Minster, M. H. (2012, June), Integrating Sustainability Principles in Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum: A Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21568
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