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This paper describes a pathway forward to implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through Project Drawdown during a collaborative international pilot study abroad program led by an Anonymous University in the US (AUUS). The activities are based on selected STEM challenges and opportunities in Latin America with site-specific case studies for engaged scholarship and intellectual development in partnership with Anonymous University in Latin America (AULA). We envision that this initiative will also provide a platform to revise courses in our undergraduate curriculum to meet the new ABET Criteria for Student Outcomes (2019-2020).
By using Project Drawdown’s 100 technical, ecological, and social solutions for reversing global warming as a framework to implement the UN SDGs in a developing country, the new program presents several advantages. First, it provides students with the ability to easily identify and formulate complex engineering problems in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context. Second, it provides an academic setting to produce solutions to meet a spectrum of considerations for real communities, including public health, safety, and welfare. Third, it enables the application of ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations to make informed decisions.
After a pre-departure virtual introduction to participants from both countries, students and faculty from AUUS traveled to AULA for a six-week immersive program. The course was partitioned into two three-week modules to facilitate faculty participation from AUUS as well as AULA. Module 1 addressed UN SDG-11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, whereas Module 2 focused on various aspects of the UN SDGs through Drawdown. Each module was taught by a faculty member from AUUS and a faculty member from AULA together to ensure that cross-cultural and pedagogical aspects were fully integrated in each module.
This paper describes the changes and new activities added to an earlier version of this program that was offered between AUUS and AULA last year. The paper also reports the motivation behind the program revisions, the integration of SDG’s with Project Drawdown, and the strategy for obtaining the approval and support of the university faculty. The assessment of newer hands-on projects added to the program and future activities will be presented. The impact of this program in students’ professional growth and career development will be discussed as well.
Brennan, R. A., & Urbina, J., & Oliden, J. F., & Rodríguez, J. M. (2020, June), Project Drawdown Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35097
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