Interdisciplinary research for graduate education in sustainability

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Conference Proceeding

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As the world faces increasing threats to the long-term health of the environment, society, and economy, sustainability has emerged and now is gathering the attention of undergraduate and graduate education across many campuses in the U.S. Colleges and universities are beginning to incorporate the concept of sustainability in new curricula. Research experiences in a collaborative environment play an important role for students to learn and apply knowledge. In this paper, one project sponsored by an industrial company through the Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) at Michigan Technological University serves as an example of how research in sustainability can stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration and can improve graduate student learning in terms of the system approach, discovery of new knowledge across disciplines, critical thinking, and overall educational experience. It was also found that the sustainability projects and interdisciplinary collaboration stimulate high quality scholar articles and continuous collaboration.

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© 2007 American Society for Engineering Education. ASEE homepage: http://www.asee-nms.com/

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2007 ASEE North Midwest Conference