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Proactive Means for Engineering Students' Edification on Sustainability

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

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Technical Session 6: Modulus Topics Part 2

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Computers in Education

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Saed Talib Amer Khalifa University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Saed Amer is an assistant professor at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. His research focuses on computer integrated manufacturing and robot controlled nondestructive testing.

Dr. Amer also worked on sustainability Metrics Research and systematic measures to enforce engineering sustainability education. Previous work included seat comfort analyses for Boeing aircrafts and robotics solutions for Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) remediation. Finally, Dr. Amer worked on simulation solutions for hybrid renewable energy research.

Dr. Amer earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Computer and Information Systems Engineering in August, 2012 from Tennessee State University, USA.

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Jaby Mohammed Khalifa University of Science and Technology Orcid 16x16

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Jaby Mohammed is a faculty at The Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE. He received his PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2006), masters in Industrial Engineering from University of Louisville (2003) and also a master’s in business administration from Indira Gandhi National Open University (2001). His research interests include advanced manufacturing, design methodologies, six sigma, lean manufacturing, and engineering education. He previously taught at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, IN and at Morehead State University, KY. He is a member of IIE, SME, ASQ, ASEE, and Informs.

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Ali Bouabid Khalifa University of Science and Technology Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Ali Bouabid is currently assistant professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at Khalifa University of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Prior to that, he held a faculty position in the General Studies department at the Petroleum Institute, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he taught and was coordinator of freshmen engineering courses (ENGR101 and ENGR110). He also taught Engineering Design courses (STPS201 and STPS251) and Mechanical Engineering course (MEEGG201). Prior to these appointments in the UAE, Dr. Bouabid was associate professor and Engineering Program coordinator at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) from 2006 to 2014, where he contributed to develop the Engineering program and to establish transfer agreements between PVCC and several universities in Virginia, such as UVA, VT, ODU, and GMU.
His research interests are mainly on Engineering Education and on Environmental Systems. He has contributed to the development of a decision support system for sustainable access to water supply and sanitation services in developing countries. His current research includes investigating potential pathways to transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy solutions in developing countries.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Bouabid worked in the industry (engineering and manufacturing) for more than 12 years in France and in Morocco, where he held several management positions.
Dr. Bouabid holds a DEST (BS) and an Engineer degree (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers of Paris, France and a MSc and a PhD degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, USA.

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A vital yet often overlooked role of engineers is to uphold and advocate sustainability as the solution to ensure the well-being of all today and tomorrow. The teachings of sustainability are clear and well defined; believing in them, on the other hand, is difficult. In other words, the problem does not resonate on the “How” to achieve sustainability more than it does to “why”. Hence, it’s very important to quantify all the constituents of sustainability and prove assessable merits that encourage professionals to adhere to sustainability guidelines and its economic, environmental, and social accountability. The traditional pedagogical methods seem to clarify the issues but failed to provoke the student’s interest, therefore, sustainability education should lead the students to understand the issues pertaining to the intricate pillars of sustainability then immerse them in research to generate solutions relative to their society here and now. The proposed study suggests employing computer aided engineering tools which provide suitable means to test multiple scenarios and propose valid solutions. One of the objectives of such tools is to reflect added valued outcomes that demonstrate how slight efforts by individuals toward sustainability can make substantial difference when measured on the long run or when carried out by the entire population. In this manner, Students who perform such studies will appreciate the sustainability guidance and understand the challenges that impede the sustainability upholding by means of saving current resources without compromising the ones in the future. The main goal of this work is to engage the students’ engineering skills as well as social, environmental and economical believes to generate solutions that are both technical and humane. The proposed study also aims to encourage the students to probe the people’s lifestyles and educate them to take forward steps towards recycling and renewable energy adaptations. The students then investigate different theories which enhance sustainable practices and decrease resources exploitation then propose solutions that can be modeled and tested.

Amer, S. T., & Mohammed, J., & Bouabid, A. (2019, June), Proactive Means for Engineering Students' Edification on Sustainability Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida.

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