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“Life Cycle Sustainability Economics“ Module

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Instructional Design

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Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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25.1505.1 - 25.1505.11



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K.J. Rogers University of Texas, Arlington


Melanie L. Sattler University of Texas, Arlington

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Melanie Sattler serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Arlington, where she teaches courses and conducts research related to air quality and sustainable energy. Her research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Luminant Power, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings. In 2010, she received UT Arlington's Lockheed Martin Excellence in Engineering Education Award. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

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Andrea M. Graham University of Texas, Arlington

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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department

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Stephen P. Mattingly University of Texas, Arlington Orcid 16x16

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“Life Cycle Sustainability Economics“ ModuleEngineering Sustainable Engineers, a program sponsored by National Science Foundation, was designedto improve undergraduate student knowledge of and competency in addressing sustainability issues inengineering design and problem solving. The program involves collaboration among faculty in Civil,Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering at the University of XXXX. One of the key program elements isdevelopment and implementation of 12 sustainability modules for implementation in 17 undergraduateengineering courses. Two of these courses are “Economics for Engineers,” a required course in IndustrialEngineering, and “Construction & Value Engineering,” a required course in Civil Engineering. Asustainable engineering economics module, titled “Life Cycle Sustainability Economics,” was developedfor implementation in these two courses.The module covers how traditional economics falls short of sustainability, through the Tragedy of theCommons and externalities. It then discusses several solutions, including triple bottom line accounting,emission trading systems, including environmental benefits in cost-benefit analysis, and life cycle costanalysis. The module includes objectives, PowerPoint lecture slides, discussion questions, homeworkproblems, and assessment questions.The module, which requires one class period, has been implemented for 4 semesters. Student surveysconducted for 3 of these semesters indicate that for 5 of the 7 module objectives, at least 50% of studentswere “Strongly Confident” or “Confident” of their ability to address the objective. For the remaining 2objectives, almost 50% of students were “Strongly Confident” or “Confident” of their ability to address theobjective.

Rogers, K., & Sattler, M. L., & Graham, A. M., & Mattingly, S. P. (2012, June), “Life Cycle Sustainability Economics“ Module Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20776

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