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Engineering and Geoscience Essays

These essays were submitted by faculty in preparation for the Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences workshop in March 2013. Participants were asked to share their approaches to integrating engineering and geoscience, why they think this approach is valuable in preparing students for the workforce, and their ideas for building upon this base to strengthen the integration of geoscience and engineering.


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Navigating an Ersatz Dichotomy (Science vs Engineering)
Freddi-Jo Bruschke, California State University-Fullerton
Freddi-Jo Bruschke, Geological Science, California State University-Fullerton Everyone attending this workshop already believes in integration of geosciences and engineering for students in both disciplines, and ...

Common Ground Between Applied Geology and Engineering
Horacio Ferriz, California State University-Stanislaus
Horacio Ferriz, Physics and Geology, California State University-Stanislaus Engineering, the most creative profession in the world! In Latin and its derived languages, the word engineering (e.g., ingenierĂ­a in ...

Teaching life cycle assessment (LCA) modeling through project based learning.
James Stone, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
James Stone, Civil and Environmental Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology My approach to integrating sustainable engineering into the classroom at SDSM&T is through a life cycle assessment ...

Incorporating Environmental Issues Across the Curriculum
Susa Stonedahl, Saint Ambrose University
Susa H. Stonedahl, Engineering and Physics, St. Ambrose University Scientists study the world around them and try to understand how it works; geoscientists focus on the earth. Engineers design things to serve a ...

Active learning strategies for enhancing the integration of geoscience and engineering
Francis Jones, University of British Columbia
Francis Jones, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British ColumbiaMy current position in the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department (EOAS) at UBC involves course, curriculum and ...

Techniques to Teach Sustainability in Multi-Disciplinary Classrooms Comprised of Engineers, Geoscientists, and other Disciplines
Steven Burian, University of Utah
Steve Burian, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah I believe teaching sustainability to engineering and geoscience students in integrated courses requires new approaches to course ...

Integrating Engineering Concepts to Introductory Geoscience Courses
Joel Aquino, Gainesville State College
Joel S Aquino, PhD, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, University of North Georgia (formerly Gainesville State College) My approach in teaching the integration of geosciences and engineering stems from my ...

The Challenge and Reward of Teaching Geological Engineering on the Border
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso, The
Diane Doser, Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at El Paso Teaching geology to engineers is one of the most challenging and rewarding things I do each year. Each year a new class of ...

Integrating Geoscience into Water Resources Engineering
Manoj Jha
Manoj Jha, , North Carolina A & T State University Since fall of 2010, I have been teaching few undergraduate courses in water resources areas including "hydrology" and "water resources ...

Integrating Geoscience into Water Resources Engineering
Manoj Jha, North Carolina A & T State University
Manoj Jha, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University Since fall of 2010, I have been teaching few undergraduate courses in water resources areas including ...

It's a leucocratic gneiss. So what?
Paul Santi, Colorado School of Mines
Paul Santi, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines "Fine, it's a leucocratic gneiss. So what?" This statement captures the essence of my approach to integrating ...

Engineering Hydrology with a Real-World Perspective
Anne Ronan, New York University
Anne Dudek Ronan, Civil and Urban Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NYU I regularly integrate engineering and geoscience in my junior-level Water Resources Engineering course which is required for all civil ...

Reinventing the Introductory Geology Course for Engineering and Other Quantitatively-able Students
Laurel Goodell, Princeton University
Laurel Goodell, Geosciences, Princeton University Our fairly traditional GEO203: Physical Geology had for years served as entry into the department. However, enrollment in the course had been steadily declining; ...

The Built Environment: A Common Ground for Geoscience and Engineering
John Duggan, Wentworth Institute of Technology
John Duggan, Wentworth Institute of Technology Most of us don't put a lot of thought into the origin of the materials in a paved road, a concrete sidewalk or a brick wall, but we should. We take for granted ...

Integrating Engineering and Geoscience Through Technical Writing
Thalia Anagnos, San Jose State University
Thalia Anagnos, Professor, Department of General Engineering, San Jose State University Well prepared engineering students must understand the context in which they apply their knowledge and skills. In particular, ...

Embracing the "Mess" in Environmental Systems
Kyle Monahan, Clarkson University
Kyle M. Monahan, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Clarkson University Geological problems such as those commonly found in the fields of environmental engineering and the geosciences are uniquely suited to ...

Academic and Industry Collaborative Approach to Integration of Engineering with Geoscience
Don Hellstern, Brookhaven College
Don Hellstern, Geotechnology Institute, Brookhaven College As a teaching administrator at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (BCGI), I not only maintain associations with numerous geoscience ...

Finding Interdisciplinary Common Ground for Sustainability
Brenda Bowen, University of Utah
Brenda Bowen, Geology and Geophysics & Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of UtahThe grand challenges facing society today– climate change, depleting natural resources, environmental ...

Integrating Engineering and Geoscience Through Technical Writing
Thalia Anagnos, San Jose State University
Thalia Anagnos, Professor, Department of General Engineering, San Jose State University Well prepared engineering students must understand the context in which they apply their knowledge and skills. In particular, ...

Integrating Engineering and Geoscience in a Classroom
Tej Gautam, Marietta College
Tej Gautam, Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology, Marietta CollegeAn approach to integrate engineering and geoscience in a classroom is engaging students in active learning and providing them with a ...

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