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Undergraduate Research In Pollution Prevention And Sustainability

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Sustainability Issues

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10.1368.1 - 10.1368.6



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Patricia Mosto

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Gina Tang

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Courtney Richmond

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Joseph Orlins

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Catherine Yang

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Demond Miller

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Beena Sukumaran

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Kauser Jahan

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Anthony Marchese

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Mariano Savelski

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Paris von Lockette

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Stephanie Farrell

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Yusuf Mehta

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William Riddell

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Undergraduate Research in Pollution Prevention and Sustainability Kauser Jahan*, Mariano Savelski, Joseph Orlins, Yusuf Mehta, William Riddell, Stephanie Farrell, Gina Tang, Anthony Marchese, Paris von Lockette, Courtney Richmond, Catherine Yang, Beena Sukumaran, Patricia Mosto and Demond Miller

*Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Rowan University Glassboro, NJ 08028, USA


Rowan University has been hosting an NSF REU Site which focuses on Pollution Prevention and Sustainability since 2004. The site has been established for three consecutive summers. The initiative is based on current global initiatives to integrate sustainability into the science and engineering curriculum. Students need to be exposed to enriching experiences that require them to have concerns for human conditions and the environment that are conservative and protective. The REU site allows eleven undergraduates to participate in pollution prevention and sustainability research activities at Rowan University for eight weeks during the summer. Engineering and science faculty participate in mentoring activities along with Rowan undergraduate and graduate students. Social building skills such as community outreach seminars, workshops, social picnics, field trips and communication strengthening exercises are also an integral part of this REU experience. Environmental ethics, diversity and community impact of engineering activities are the topics of mini workshops. All these topics have tremendous relevance to pollution prevention and sustainability but can be absent from a traditional engineering curriculum. It is anticipated that the undergraduate research experience promotes interest in pursuing graduate school and strengthens leadership skills and self esteem.

Introduction Many engineering programs worldwide are integrating pollution prevention, green engineering and sustainability modules in their traditional curriculum. The College of Engineering at Rowan University is taking numerous innovative measures to integrate environmental education for all of their engineering students. Faculty from all disciplines have taken personal initiatives to integrate environmental education in core engineering classes1-4. The College of Engineering along with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently received funding to host a NSF funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site in Pollution Prevention and Sustainability.

The sustainability theme strengthens our REU site many ways. It has encouraged collaborative efforts between our College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. It also

Proceedings of the 2005 Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Mosto, P., & Tang, G., & Richmond, C., & Orlins, J., & Yang, C., & Miller, D., & Sukumaran, B., & Jahan, K., & Marchese, A., & Savelski, M., & von Lockette, P., & Farrell, S., & Mehta, Y., & Riddell, W. (2005, June), Undergraduate Research In Pollution Prevention And Sustainability Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15159

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