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Work in Progress: Crossing the Engineering Border into Art and Society with a Materials Selection for the Life Cycle Course
Proceedings of teh 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
  • Katherine C. Chen, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Blair London, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
Publication Date
10-28-2006
Abstract

A new course in materials engineering has been developed to incorporate industrial design and sustainability principles. Many current engineering tasks require the ability to comprehend and consider the complicated interplay of technology with the environment and society. Thus the changing skill set required of future engineers is being reflected in the changes with our courses. We are stepping beyond the traditional boundaries of engineering courses to present a more holistic approach to problem solving. The use of materials and processing techniques is applied to product design, and thus involves consideration of the end user and the end of product life. Green engineering and cradle to cradle design principles are also introduced in the course. Outcomes for this class include students being able to employ systems thinking, to formulate creative design solutions, and to select the appropriate materials and processing for minimal environmental impact.

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Katherine C. Chen and Blair London. "Work in Progress: Crossing the Engineering Border into Art and Society with a Materials Selection for the Life Cycle Course" Proceedings of teh 36th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (2006)
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