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Summer Merit Camp and Environmental Communication Week: Targeted Approaches to Environmental Engineering Education

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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

Hands-on Laboratory and Design Experiences in Environmental Engineering

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Environmental Engineering

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25.1213.1 - 25.1213.15

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Sudarshan T. Kurwadkar Tarleton State University Orcid 16x16

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Sudarshan Kurwadkar is an Assistant Professor and a board-certified Environmental Engineer. He teaches environmental engineering and general engineering courses at the freshman, junior, and senior level. His research areas include fate and transport of micro-pollutants such as pharmaceuticals and neonicotinoid insecticides in soil and aquatic environment. He is a Co-faculty Advisor for the engineering club and French club at Tarleton State University. Kurwadkar is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Texas, Ohio, and Missouri.

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Daniel K. Marble Tarleton State University

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Daniel Marble earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Houston, with an M.S. and Ph.D. in accelerator-based nuclear physics from the University of North Texas. Marble began his academic career as an Assistant Professor of physics at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point in 1994. In 1998, he was hired to develop the first engineering program at Tarleton State University (engineering physics), where he presently serves as Head of the Department of Engineering and Physics. In addition to interests in ion solid interaction, physics of sports, accelerator technology, and materials characterization, Marble is actively involved in K-16 science and engineering education and teacher training. He has served as a physics content consultant for the Texas Center for Inquiry at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, President of the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and on the Texas High School Physics TEKS Committee.

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Jennifer T. Edwards Tarleton State University

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Jennifer T. Edwards serves as an Assistant Professor of communication studies at
Tarleton State University, and has functioned as a faculty member and student affairs
practitioner for more than eight years. Her doctorate is from Sam Houston State University, and her research focus is on organizational communication, environmental communication, and communication
technology (i.e. social media). She has published articles in the International Journal
of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, Academic Exchange Quarterly,
Merlot’s Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, and the American Communication
Journal and others. She has studied, published, and presented research on the millennial student population, web 2.0 collaboration applications in higher education, and students’ perceptions and preferences of computer-mediated communication with faculty.
Edwards can be reached at

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Summer Merit Camp and Environmental Communication Week: Targeted Approaches to Environmental Engineering EducationABSTRACT:This paper discusses the targeted approaches to promote environmental education amonguniversity and high school students. Effectiveness of two targeted approaches, such as a fourweek paid summer camp for high school junior and senior students and an environmentalcommunication week, in promoting environmental education is presented. For summer camp,high school seniors and juniors were selected based on their proficiency in mathematics andsciences. The environmental communication activities were targeted towards general universitystudents and mainly consisted of series of environmental education related talks from experts inrelated fields. The environmental communication week was a cross-collaborative environmentaleducation project involving lectures and interactive activities highlighting the importance ofgreen initiatives on college and university campuses. While the student selection for the summercamp was merit based and as such was restricted to selected few meritorious students, theparticipation in environmental communication week was open to all university students and assuch nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in it. Summercamp students participated in various field activities, laboratory demonstrations and classroomdiscussion. At the conclusion of the camp, students demonstrated their understanding ofenvironmental engineering education through poster presentations. The targeted approaches toenvironmental education were productive in promoting environmental awareness and in overallappreciation of the environmental education. Some of the summer campers chose environmentaleducation related projects for their school projects while the environmental communication weekwas successful in enhancing environmental awareness among the university students."I am eligible for the Environmental Engineering Division Early Faculty Grant."

Kurwadkar, S. T., & Marble, D. K., & Edwards, J. T. (2012, June), Summer Merit Camp and Environmental Communication Week: Targeted Approaches to Environmental Engineering Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.

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