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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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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, ...

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 ...

Teaching Engineering Geology in a Geoscience Department
Robert Mitchell, Western Washington University
Robert Mitchell, Geology, Western Washington University I'm pleased to have this opportunity to share specific examples of how I integrate engineering and geoscience in an engineering geology course I teach ...

A few thoughts on the integration of engineering and geoscience
Vince Cronin, Baylor University
Vincent S. Cronin, Geology, Baylor University I am a geologist rather than an engineer, so my comments should be read with this perspective in mind. The first place to look for opportunities to integrate ...

Integration of Geoscience into Geothermal Bore Field Design
Kevin Amende, Montana State University-Bozeman
Kevin Amende, P.E., Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University-BozemanToday's technological advancements play an important role in the way our society gathers and disseminates ...

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 ...

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 ...

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; ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Teaching from multiple perspectives
Dan Morgan, Vanderbilt University
Daniel Jones Morgan, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vanderbilt University Teaching from multiple perspectives "Like most North Americans of his generation, Hal tends to know way less about why he feels ...

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., ingeniería in ...

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 ...

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