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ERIC Number: ED544733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Considering Life Cycle during Design: A Longitudinal Study of Engineering Undergraduates. Research Brief
Yasuhara, Ken; Morozov, Andrew; Kilgore, Deborah; Atman, Cynthia; Loucks-Jaret, Christine
Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (NJ1)
In this age of global warming and diminishing fossil fuel stores, society is becoming increasingly aware that seemingly small decisions can have surprisingly far-reaching implications on the environment and future generations. Accordingly, today's engineers must approach design problems with a holistic, broad view of the impacts, environmental and otherwise, of their solutions. The notion of life cycle provides a structured, comprehensive approach for assessing the impact of an engineering solution, whether it takes the form of a product, a service, or a process. Many engineers have long valued life cycle analysis as an important tool in the design process, and life cycle is discussed in the literature of numerous engineering disciplines. Using the life cycle framing (see full paper for a complete discussion), the present analysis examines the degree to which engineering students consider design problems in a temporal context, i.e., considering the full life span of the design artifact, from conceptualization to disposal.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: University of Washington, Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE)