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Validating a Sustainable Design Rubric by Surveying Engineering Educators

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Engineering in a Societal Context

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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18

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https://peer.asee.org/31220

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Mary Katherine Watson The Citadel Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-1718-5825

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Dr. Mary Katherine Watson is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel. Prior to joining the faculty at The Citadel, Dr. Watson earned her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She also has BS and MS degrees in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University. Dr. Watson’s research interests are in the areas of engineering education and biological waste treatment.

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Elise Barrella Wake Forest University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-0020-2035

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Dr. Elise Barrella is an Assistant Professor and Founding Faculty Member of the Department of Engineering at Wake Forest University. She is passionate about curriculum development, scholarship and student mentoring on transportation systems, sustainability, and engineering design. Dr. Barrella completed her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Georgia Tech where she conducted research in transportation and sustainability as part of the Infrastructure Research Group (IRG). In addition to the Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Dr. Barrella holds a Master of City and Regional Planning (Transportation) from Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University. Dr. Barrella has investigated best practices in engineering education since 2003 (at Bucknell University) and began collaborating on sustainable engineering design research while at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the WFU faculty, she led the junior capstone design sequence at James Madison University, was the inaugural director of the NAE Grand Challenges Program at JMU, and developed first-year coursework.

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Charles McDonald Cowan II James Madison University

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Mack Cowan is a recent graduate of James Madison University's Psychological Sciences M.A. program. His primary research interests are sleep and pharmacology using animal models, the psychology of learning, statistical analyses in behavioral research, and more recently, engineering education.

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Robin D Anderson James Madison University

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Robin D. Anderson serves as the Academic Unit Head for the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University. She holds a doctorate in Assessment and Measurement. She previously served as the Associate Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at JMU. Her areas of research include assessment practice and engineering education research.

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Abstract

Previously, researchers developed and applied a sustainable design rubric, based on the Nine Principles of Sustainable Engineering, to civil engineering student design projects. The rubric is being updated for use across engineering disciplines based on insights from the pilot application phase and a three phase validation process. This paper reports on expert validation through a survey and comparisons with sustainability frameworks. Paper and web-based surveys were used to gather perspectives from engineering education professionals with different disciplinary perspectives, including civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical/computer, and other engineering or related disciplines, from the United States and abroad (N = 55). Specifically, participants ranked their ten most important sustainable design criteria from a list of 34 criteria that were generated based on the original rubric and a systematic review of literature. Participant rankings were converted into scores then sorted based on quartiles, with criteria in the first, second, third, and fourth quartiles designated as very important, important, slightly important, and not important, respectively. Of the eight criteria designated as very important, most were related to the environmental or social dimensions of sustainability. A few economic design criteria were designated as important, although most were designated as slightly or not important. Ultimately, expert feedback substantiated parallel validation efforts to identify and reduce the number and type of design criteria comprising the rubric. The completed rubric will provide engineering educators and students with a learning and assessment tool to enhance sustainable design outcomes of projects.

Watson, M. K., & Barrella, E., & Cowan, C. M., & Anderson, R. D. (2018, June), Validating a Sustainable Design Rubric by Surveying Engineering Educators Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31220

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