Work in progress - Weaving threads of sustainability into the fabric of the mechanical engineering curriculum

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Conference Proceeding

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Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics


This paper discusses progress in producing problem-based learning curricular materials on sustainability that are incorporated into three mechanical engineering science courses: mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, and dynamic systems and controls. Student learning outcomes for the project are: (1) knowledge of sustainability principles; (2) skill at solving design problems with realistic constraints; (3) attitudes about mechanical engineering as a profession and the importance of sustainability considerations. To assess design skills, we evaluate design project reports using a four-item rubric, and analyze the design objectives and constraints from these reports. To assess attitude, we administer a 28-item attitude survey to senior level students.

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© 2011 IEEE. Publisher’s version of record: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2011.6142912

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Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE