Building Competence in Environmental Sustainability and Safety in Engineering Design Courses

TitleBuilding Competence in Environmental Sustainability and Safety in Engineering Design Courses
Faculty/College/UnitApplied Science
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2022
Project Summary

Implementing engineering design principles in a safe and environmentally sustainable manner is a critical component of developing integrous and accountable engineering professionals. This project aims to build an intrinsic appreciation for these values in our students through deliberate program-wide design course instruction within engineering programs in the Faculty of Applied Science.

This project will integrate real-world industry experiences and reference materials for engineering sustainability and safety best practices into 2nd - 4th year design courses within Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Manufacturing Engineering. The project will enhance students’ life-long learning through early introduction of safety and sustainability concepts and continuing to emphasize and build on these concepts throughout the undergraduate design courses. The ultimate goal of the project is the practical implementation of these critical engineering competencies as students collaborate with industry and community organizations in their final year Capstone projects and as they continue on their future career paths.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2022/2023
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJenna Usprech
Year 1: Funded Amount27,023
Year 1: Team Members

Jenna Usprech, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Bill Rawlings, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Calvin Kuo, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Negar M. Harandi, Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Robyn Newell, Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Christoph Sielmann, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science
Laia Shpeller, Student, Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science