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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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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Uncertainty and Risk: Bringing the Geosciences into the Civil Engineering Classroom
Gretchen Miller, Texas A & M University
Gretchen Miller, Civil Engineering, Texas A & M University I suspect that certain concepts in my groundwater course irritate my students. That a rock labeled "sandstone" could have a hydraulic ...

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; ...

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 ...

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 ...


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