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Educating Engineers in the Sustainable Futures Model with a Global Perspective: Education, Research and Diversity Initiatives

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Many universities espouse the idea that discipline integration is a prerequisite for successful implementation of sustainability in education. However, few engineering curricula have taken the step to integrate concepts of sustainable development with an international experience. This paper discusses the professional, educational and global drivers for curricular change in this important area and demonstrates how an undergraduate International Senior Design and graduate Master's International program, both of which are based on international sustainable development, can be integrated into an Undergraduate Minor and Graduate Certificate to provide a more interdisciplinary basis for educating engineers on global concepts of sustainability. Importantly, the paper also discusses whether such initiatives may result in improvement of diversity in the engineering student population.
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Keywords: DIVERSITY; GRADUATE CERTIFICATE; INTERDISCIPLINARY EDUCATION; INTERNATIONAL SENIOR DESIGN; MASTERS DEGREE; SUSTAINABILITY; SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING; UNDERGRADUATE MINOR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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