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NSF TUES: Transforming Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Laboratories for Sustainable Engineering Using the Case Studies in the Sciences Instructional Method

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.940.1 - 24.940.11



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Stephanie Luster-Teasley North Carolina A&T State University

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Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. She specializes in Environmental Engineering and her research interests include water and wastewater treatment, physical and chemical remediation, water sustainability, and engineering education.

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Sirena C. Hargrove-Leak Elon University

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Sirena Hargrove-Leak is an Assistant Professor in the Dual-Degree Engineering Program at Elon University in Elon, NC. The mission and commitment of Elon University have led her to explore the scholarship of teaching and learning in engineering and service-learning as a means of engineering outreach. Hargrove-Leak is an active member of the American Society for Engineering Education. With all of her formal education in chemical engineering, she also has interests in heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemical and pharmaceutical applications and membrane separations.

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Cindy Waters North Carolina A&T State University

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Cindy K. Waters is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at NCA&T State University. She received her B.S. and also her M.S from Virginia Tech in Materials Science and Engineering Department and a 2004 PhD in Mechanical Engineering, from NCA&T. Her research is in the development and characterization of novel syntactic foams and various porous metals via powder metallurgy and foam casting. She is also significantly involved in engineering education research in the areas of assessment studies of classroom material science pedagogical implementations; case studies in various engineering disciplines and; engineering faculty barriers to adopt evidence-based (or nontraditional) teaching methods . She serves as the College of Engineering liaison to ASEE and advises the Society of Women Engineers student chapter and leads the students in developing and implementing yearly outreach events for the K-8 female community. She is author of many peer-reviewed conference proceeding for the ASEE Annual Meetings and the FIE meetings

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NSF TUES: Transforming Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Laboratories for Sustainable Engineering using the Case Studies in the Sciences Instructional Method AbstractMany college laboratories follow a “cookbook” approach to instruction that has remained the same fordecades. This NSF TUES Grant # DUE-1140109 is conducting educational research to evaluatethe use of case study based laboratory modules that enhance the learning experience in a juniorlevel Environmental Engineering Laboratory course. The work investigates the use of the casestudies in a lab course to introduce sustainability and environmental engineering laboratoryconcepts to 21st century learners using a modified-flipped classroom method. A total of four casestudies have been developed and implemented into the course since the grant award. Beforeclass, the students are given a case story related to the class experiment and asked to research thetopic. The in-person lab class starts with a discussion of the case and the student’s researchfinding. Students then conduct the lab exercise. Pre and post survey data indicated increasedself-efficacy for ABET criteria skills and learning gains. Feedback from the student interviewssuggested they felt the case studies methods used in the course were more engaging compared totheir traditional laboratory classes they had taken during their education. The studentsparticularly enjoyed the real world approaches and seeing how they could expect to apply courselab skills to their real jobs after graduation. This poster will summarize the cases, present pre-and post- survey data related to student learning preferences and the Accreditation Board forEngineering and Technology (ABET) learning objective criteria, and will be used as a tool tohelp recruit other laboratory professors who are interested in using this method.

Luster-Teasley, S., & Hargrove-Leak, S. C., & Waters, C. (2014, June), NSF TUES: Transforming Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Laboratories for Sustainable Engineering Using the Case Studies in the Sciences Instructional Method Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22873

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