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Project-based Learning of Environmental Engineering Principles

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Enviromental Engineering Division Poster Session

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Environmental Engineering

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26.1269.1 - 26.1269.8



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Veera Gnaneswar Gude P.E. Mississippi State University

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Veera Gnaneswar Gude is an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Mississippi State University. He has degrees in chemical (B.S., 2000) and environmental engineering (M.S. 2004, Ph.D. 2007) disciplines. He has over 14 years of academic, industrial, and research experiences on various projects related to chemical and environmental engineering disciplines. He is the chair and board representative for American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) Clean Energy and Water (CEW) Division. His research over the past 10 years has resulted in national and international recognition, industry collaborations, 5 patents/patent applications and over 75 scholarly publications in highly regarded discipline specific journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings and invited book chapters. He is a scientific and technical reviewer for over 50 international journals, book publishers, and several funding agencies. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of New Mexico and a board certified environmental engineer. His research interests include water and wastewater treatment, bioelectrochemical systems, desalination, algae, biofuels, and sustainability.

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Dennis D. Truax PE, BCEE, F.ASCE Mississippi State University

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Dr. Dennis D. Truax, P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE, is Head and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Mississippi State University. He is in his ninth year as the James T. White Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering and serves as Director of the Mississippi Transportation Research Center (MTRC). A member of the faculty for 34 years, he is a licensed professional engineer and board-certified environmental engineer. During his academic career, he has published over 100 refereed and reference papers and report and made almost 170 papers and poster presentations. While much of his externally-funded research has focused of environmental and water resources engineering, his work in the areas of education, transportation and construction have included improving instructional processes in laboratories, delineation of roadway systems and NEPA compliance for highways using remotely-sense data, modeling highway evacuation strategies and environmental impacts for predicting pavement performance, evaluating resources and their allocation in the management of waterways, and comparing the economics of transportation management alternatives.

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PROJECT BASED LEARNING OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES Veera Gnaneswar Gude* Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering Mississippi State University, Mississippi, MS 39762 e-mail:; Ph. 530-751-6061 Project based learning is an effective teaching tool to teach often hard to grasp concepts.The constructivism learning theory suggests that people learn better by actively participating inthe process of learning through projects. In this paper, the importance of engineering projects toteach environmental engineering concepts for the emerging civil and environmental engineers ispresented. These projects were focused on developing storm water pollution prevention plan –SWPPP for a given site for development, design of green infrastructure for rainwater harvesting,treatment of algae contaminated surface waters, wastewater treatment for clean electricityproduction, and algae cultivation for biofuel production. Undergraduate and graduate studentgroups were assigned to work on these projects. Both course and laboratory based projects wereperformed. For example, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation and filtration concepts anddesign principles were taught through practical demonstrations for the junior and senior civilengineering students in the environmental engineering laboratory. In these exercises, the studentteams were held responsible for design and demonstration of the experimental procedures. Thestudent learning was greatly enhanced by the practical and hands-on research experiences. Thispaper will discuss the integration of project based learning into environmental engineering courses(junior, senior and graduate level courses) and the enrichment of student learning experiences andtheir success.

Gude, V. G., & Truax, D. D. (2015, June), Project-based Learning of Environmental Engineering Principles Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24606

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