Approaches to the embedding of sustainability into the engineering curriculum - where are we now, and how do our graduates become global engineers?

Simon Steiner, Roger Penlington

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Abstract

This paper presents a resume of how the topic of sustainability can become fully-integrated into the engineering curriculum in the UK, and how this needs to evolve toward consideration of how graduates could be better developed as global engineers. The paper begins by providing a justification as to why sustainability is an important feature of the already overcrowded engineering curriculum, and briefly reports, through illustrative examples, on alternative approaches which currently embed sustainability into the engineering curriculum. The paper makes the case that it is timely now to re-address the learning outcomes in order to enhance the students’ experience beyond just the inclusion of new curriculum content It does this by consideration of the identified drivers that range from the accrediting bodies and from the aspirations of employers, through revised approaches to embed sustainability, to the consideration of students’ own perceptions of sustainability and ultimately to their becoming employed as global engineers. The paper therefore discusses both the current and planned work toward supporting the development of engineering graduates into global citizens, with a greater emphasis upon their responsibility to ensure a sustainable future world, moving beyond sustainability awareness towards informed application of sustainability thinking.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
EventEngineering Education 2010 - Aston University, Birmingham
Duration: 1 Jul 2010 → …
http://www.ee2010.info/programme-papers.asp

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ConferenceEngineering Education 2010
Period1/07/10 → …
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