New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
As engineering students consider the economic, social, political and ethical aspects of design, they are often treated as compulsory aspects which must be checked off a list as they dive deeper into the technical aspects of design. Getting students to be equally concerned with and passionate about the nontechnical aspects of design is often challenging. The World Energy simulation, a very interactive and state-of-the-art simulation, brings students out of their technical comfort zones and allows them to control various levers which impact global climate change. Incorporating the World Energy simulation (created by Climate Interactive) into virtually any engineering design problem provides students the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate concerning the nontechnical aspects of design and their relation to global climate change. In Design of Thermal Fluid Systems, mechanical engineering students considered a design problem in the age of carbon taxation, an actual economic and political issue under consideration at the state level. The students’ participation in World Energy to kick off their design process changed their outlook for the remainder of the design. They truly seemed to understand and care about the complex social, political and economical issues related to their engineering design. Their reflections reveal that the exercise deepened their understanding of the nontechnical issues both in the design and in life in general.
Putko, M., & Rooney-Varga, J. N. (2016, June), World Energy in Engineering Design Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27056
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