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Integration of Environmental Sustainability with Capstone Experience

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Design in Engineering Education (DEED) Engineering Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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23.785.1 - 23.785.10



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Mohamed E. El-Sayed Kettering University

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Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed is a pioneer and technical leader in vehicle integration, vehicle development process, and optimization. Through his research, teaching, and practice he made numerous original contributions to advance the state of the art in automotive development, performance, vehicle development process, lean, and integrated design and manufacturing. Currently, Dr. El-Sayed is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Vehicle Durability and Integration Laboratory at Kettering University. Dr. El-Sayed has over thirty years of industrial, teaching and research, experience and over a hundred publications. Dr. El-Sayed worked as lead engineer on the design optimization and quality, durability, and reliability integration of several General Motors vehicles and architectures. He also worked as the director of engineering and chief engineer and consultant for several automotive suppliers.

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Jacqueline A. El-Sayed Kettering University

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Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed is the associate provost and associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Kettering University as well as a professor of Mechanical Engineering. She is an expert on team teaching and integrative curricular programs in addition to manufacturing optimization. As part of a five member multidisciplinary team, she and her colleagues developed a successful undergraduate course on sustainable design and manufacturing using new pedagogy for both face-to-face and on-line environments, sponsored by NSF funding. Currently, she supervises Kettering University's renowned Co-operative Education Department, Center for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Academic Success Center, Office of the Registrar and Library as well as the First Year Experience, Supplemental Instruction and Integrated Reflective Learning Program. Previously, she has worked in industry, state and local government.

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Integration of Environmental Sustainability with Capstone ExperienceEnvironmental sustainability is one of the most long term challenges facing engineering today. Forexample, the National Academy of Engineering in the U.S. A. announced a set of “grand challenges” forthe engineering profession. In their document, the NAE stated: “As the population grows and its needsand desires expand, the problem of sustaining civilization’s continuing advancement, while stillimproving the quality of life, looms more immediate.” As a result, there is an increasing pressurenationally and internationally for strong inclusion of environmental sustainability in undergraduateengineering education.The integration of sustainability throughout an undergraduate engineering program in addition to thedevelopment of a unique inter-disciplinary course in environmentally conscious design have contributedto achieving significant program outcomes. However, significant skill development and outcomevalidation could be achieved by the careful integration of sustainability in the capstone designexperience. This paper describes the integration of sustainability with capstone course topics andactivities. In addition, several examples for the integration impact on the capstone projects andachieving program outcomes are also discussed.

El-Sayed, M. E., & El-Sayed, J. A. (2013, June), Integration of Environmental Sustainability with Capstone Experience Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19799

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