Embedding sustainability in capstone engineering design projects

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Hasna, Abdallah M.. 2010. "Embedding sustainability in capstone engineering design projects." Castro, Manuel, Tovar, Edmundo and Auer, Michael (ed.) EDUCON 2010: The Future of Global Learning in Engineering Education. Madrid, Spain 14 - 16 Apr 2010 Wien, Austria. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2010.5493062
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Embedding sustainability in capstone engineering design projects

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AuthorHasna, Abdallah M.
EditorsCastro, Manuel, Tovar, Edmundo and Auer, Michael
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of the IEEE Education Engineering Conference (EDUCON 2010)
Number of Pages10
Year2010
Place of PublicationWien, Austria
ISBN9781424465682
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2010.5493062
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5493062
Conference/EventEDUCON 2010: The Future of Global Learning in Engineering Education
Event Details
EDUCON 2010: The Future of Global Learning in Engineering Education
Event Date
14 to end of 16 Apr 2010
Event Location
Madrid, Spain
Abstract

The pace of change in education curriculums is growing exponentially due to numerous legislative arrangements and changes. Carbon tax, carbon pollution reduction schemes, emissions trading legislation are paving the way for environmental accountability in engineering industry. Engineering education moves into the twenty first century charged with an environmental agenda due to response to wider changes in society. Educators are regularly modifying curriculum content to embrace sustainability in learning outcomes. However this crosses over between a number of multi-disciplinary, multidimensional study areas that include philosophy and ethics. Consequently a major challenge for educators is to encourage engineering students whose primary focus is purely technical to include sustainability viewpoint in their designs. Unlike technical or financial evaluations where measures are either empirical or numerical estimates, sustainability position includes criteria in economic, natural, social, technological and time indicators. For the most part sustainability evaluations are content and competency driven and rely sometimes on rather intangible and proximal criteria. These criteria form the basis of assessment for measuring the sustainability of a design. The purpose of this article is to present various criterion, and indicators available to evaluate sustainability in engineering designs feasibility assessments. The paper presents the application of sustainability design criteria in the context of capstone design projects by way of applying social, economic, ecological, technological and time SEETT framework. These criteria form the basis of sustainability education embedment in engineering capstone design projects. Finally this paper argues the thesis that Sustainability feasibility studies and assessment in capstone engineering design projects are of grave importance for the success of the new frontier.

Keywordsengineering education model; capstone; carbon dioxide; indicator criteria; sustainbility; assessment feasibilty; carbon tax; economic indicators; engineering education; environmental economics; environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques; industrial pollution; legislation; pollution measurement
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020380105. Environment and resource economics
410101. Carbon sequestration science
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
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