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Use of an Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary Design Team to Address the Remediation of Fracking Water and Acid Mine Drainage

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Sustainability and Grand Challenges

Tagged Division

Multidisciplinary Engineering

Tagged Topic

Diversity

Page Count

13

Page Numbers

26.1640.1 - 26.1640.13

DOI

10.18260/p.24977

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https://peer.asee.org/24977

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122

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Teresa J. Cutright University of Akron

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Dr. Cutright is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Akron. She has a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with emphasis on environmental remediation techniques with over 20 years of experience conducting site assessments, soil characterizations and treatability studies for a variety of environmental contaminants. In addition she also conducts education research via an EPA education grant and a NSF Scholarships for STEM education. Most recently she and her colleagues were awarded a NSF collaborative research grant to host workshops to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities that in engineering.

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Abstract

Use of an Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary Design Team to Address the Remediation of Fracking Water and Acid Mine Drainage  An NSF Scholarship program was used to assist in the development of aninterdisciplinary team that spanned five different engineering disciplines,chemistry, biology and mathematics. The scholarship enabled the team to becomprised of the same students from their freshmen to senior year to facilitateeffective team building skills. This paper will discuss the approach and activitiesused during the students' junior (engineering students that participate in co-op)and senior (non-engineers) year.Students were provided four different potential problems to evaluate that requiredan interdisciplinary approach to solve and had direct relevance to issues in Ohio.After conducting an initial literature search, two topics were selected as theirprojects. Based on interest, the students were subdivided into two teams: one toaddress the remediation of an acid mine drainage site and one to evaluate possiblehandling methods of flow-back water from fracking sites. This presentation willdescribe the prototype development, laboratory assessment, economic analysisand final design proposed by each team. In addition to describing the students'key activities, we will describe issues faced by the students and faculty mentor incompleting the project as well as provide possible solutions for future teamactivities.

Cutright, T. J. (2015, June), Use of an Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary Design Team to Address the Remediation of Fracking Water and Acid Mine Drainage Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24977

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