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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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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Materials and the Environment
Mark Koopman, University of Utah
Mark Koopman, Metallurgy, University of Utah I must confess at the outset that these are not the words of an experienced and wizened professor of engineering and the geosciences, but rather the observations of an ...

Teaching at the Intersection of Geoscience and Engineering
Mary Beth Gray, Bucknell University
Mary Beth Gray, Geology, Bucknell University I have the pleasure of teaching geology to first year civil and environmental engineering students through an introductory course entitled "Geology for ...

Incorporating engineering-based problem solving into water and environmental geology classes
Gigi Richard, Mesa State College
Gigi Richard, Physical and Environmental Sciences, Colorado Mesa University As a civil engineer teaching in a geology program for more than ten years, I integrate engineering into my geosciences classes regularly ...

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 ...

Finding a Global View at the Intersection of Geology and Engineering
LeAnne Teruya, San Jose State University
LeAnne Teruya, Geology, San Jose State University On January 12, 2010, Haiti was struck by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused massive destruction and an astounding loss of 316,000 lives. Little more than a ...

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 ...

STEM education for the 21st Century
Mookesh Dhanasar, North Carolina A & T State University
Mookesh Dhanasar, Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina A & T State University As an educator I am very passionate about student learning and how well they grasp complex technical concepts. This ...

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