June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Integration of Sustainability in a Multidisciplinary Engineering DepartmentAs a small department with two unique engineering programs, we face challenges in offeringprograms efficiently and in introducing new topics of importance in engineering. Our solutionhas been to take a multidisciplinary approach to each program and to new topics.We illustrate this approach through the integration of sustainability into our programs.Sustainability involves products, processes, and practices that meet the needs of currentgenerations while preserving the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The topic isrelevant to and requires the use of many engineering disciplines. It also requires the integrationof engineering knowledge with knowledge of other disciplines outside engineering.Students need to be presented with topics in sustainability throughout the curriculum, startingwith awareness, and moving to knowledge and application. We present examples of how weaccomplish these different levels in different courses, from introduction to engineering throughthe senior design project. For example, we have introduced a module on sustainability andseveral related in-class labs to the introduction to engineering course. Pre and post tests show anincrease in awareness. At the senior level, we have introduced a requirement for each team toevaluate their proposed solution on sustainability and we have developed a rubric for evaluation.We present rubrics for and the results of assessment and we present future plans for morechanges to the curriculum related to sustainability. We also relate our approach to specific ABEToutcomes.
Fraser, J. M., & Bedoya-Valencia, L., & DePalma, J. L., & Jaksic, N. I., & Paudel, A. M., & Sarper, H., & Yuan, D. (2014, June), Integration of Sustainability in a Multidisciplinary Engineering Department Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20683
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