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Work in Progress: Sustainable Engineering Education in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 5

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Mechanical Engineering

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Huihui Qi Grand Valley State University

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Dr. Qi is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at Grand Valley State University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rutgers University. Dr. Qi’s teaching interests include Engineering Design, Solid Mechanics, Mechanical System Design and Computer Aided Design. Dr. Qi’s areas of interest and expertise include design sustainability, Life Cycle Assessment, decision making for optimal design, and Computer Aided Design.

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Work in Progress: Sustainable Engineering Education in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Sustainable development is a global goal nowadays. As the needs of sustainable development become more and more urgent in industry, it is important to make undergraduate students be aware of the sustainability issues, and engineering approaches for sustainable development. The Mechanical engineering majored alumni survey at XXX University indicated that a course about sustainable engineering design is one of the most desired additions to the current Mechanical engineering curriculum. By providing a course to engineering students that they can take before graduation, the students will learn sustainable design methods and apply them from the beginning of the career after graduation. This work in progress will evaluate the current undergraduate mechanical engineering program at XXX University with regards to sustainable engineering education. Then we will present a course structure that integrates classroom learning, case studies, project-based learning, and field trips to give students a holistic view of sustainability and engineering approaches and techniques for sustainable mechanical design, such Life-Cycle Assessment, design for materials recyclability, material selections for sustainable design. The details of the course approaches are discussed and how it resulted in success on increasing student’s awareness and understanding of sustainable design concepts and how they can be applied to mechanical engineering projects.

Qi, H. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Sustainable Engineering Education in the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31307

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