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Use of In-Class Demonstrations and Activities to Convey Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering to Undergraduate Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Environmental Engineering Division Poster Session

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Environmental Engineering

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24.1309.1 - 24.1309.10



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Natalie Mladenov Kansas State University

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Dr. Natalie Mladenov is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Kansas State University. She teaches environmental engineering courses including Environmental Engineering Fundamentals and Sustainable Water and Sanitation Systems. Dr. Mladenov has a keen interest in issues related to water, sanitation, and sustainability in the developed and developing world.

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Tara Kulkarni Norwich University

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Dr. Tara Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Norwich University. She teaches introductory environmental engineering courses including Sanitary Engineering, and Water and Wastewater Treatment.

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Mara London Gonzaga University

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Dr. Mara London is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Gonzaga University. She teaches introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in Environmental Engineering, focusing on water quality and treatment.

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Use of in-class demonstrations and activities to convey fundamentals of environmental engineering to undergraduate studentsIntroductory courses in environmental engineering provide a process-level understanding ofbiological, physical, and chemical processes in various types of environmental media. Theyalso serve as a basis for engineering design including the treatment of water, wastewater, andair pollution, and the management of solid and hazardous wastes.To gage student interest in this diverse suite of topics and enhance student learning offundamental environmental engineering concepts, a series of short, dynamic, in-class activitieshas been compiled. The development of short activities (< 15 min) that can be incorporated intoa 50 min lecture follows the ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering (ExCEEd) teaching model(Estes et al. 2005), which emphasizes interactive instructional technologies, including physicaldemonstrations, videos, and other activities. Initial testing of the short activities is underway inthree different introductory environmental engineering courses at Accreditation Board forEngineering and Technology (ABET) accredited programs in the United States. Semi-quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of the environmental engineering activities wasconducted and initial results are presented.References cited:Estes, A. C., Welch, R. W., & Ressler, S. J. (2005). The ExCEEd teaching model. Journal ofProfessional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 131(4), 218-222.

Mladenov, N., & Kulkarni, T., & London, M. (2014, June), Use of In-Class Demonstrations and Activities to Convey Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering to Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23242

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