San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1388.1 - 25.1388.12
Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Research Experiences in a Predominantly Undergraduate Teaching InstituteAbstract Undergraduate research experience has a potential to broaden the educational experiencesof environmental engineering graduates by enabling them to utilize their class roomunderstanding to solve real world problems. It is also a very important issue for preparingstudents for industry as well as for graduate school. In environmental engineering programcriteria, ABET clearly emphasizes that the graduates should be able to conduct laboratoryexperiments, critically analyze and interpret data in more than one major environmentalengineering focus areas. Research experiences coupled with core environmental engineeringcurriculum seem to cover majority of the attributes outlined by ABET, than would be otherwisepossible. Often times, in a predominantly teaching institute, undergraduate research is promotedthrough internally funded research proposals. This paper discusses three environmentalengineering undergraduate research projects that were funded through internal grants andcompleted in between 2009-2011. The research experience, research methodology, problemformulation, difficulties encountered and lessons learned, along with the respective roles ofundergraduate researcher and faculty mentor are also presented. Students were allowed toindividually pursue their research under the mentorship of environmental engineering faculty. Atthe completion of their research projects, students were able to present their research workthrough poster presentation in symposium and conferences and through publication in a peerreviewed technical journal. Research experience in undergraduate environmental engineeringprogram has offered the students an invaluable opportunity to work on sophisticated analyticalinstruments, hands on experimental design, data analysis and interpretation, and also helpedthem hone their technical writing skills to meet the demands of the graduate school and also ofthe present day employer."I am eligible for the Environmental Engineering Division Early Faculty Grant."
Kurwadkar, S. T., & Marble, D. K. (2012, June), Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Research Experiences in a Predominantly Undergraduate Teaching Institute Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/22145
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