ERIC Number: EJ1129587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Module-Based Learning Methods to Introduce Sustainable Manufacturing in Engineering Curriculum
Sengupta, Debalina; Huang, Yinlun; Davidson, Cliff I.; Edgar, Thomas F.; Eden, Mario R.; El-Halwagi, Mahmoud M.
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, v18 n3 p307-328 2017
Purpose: Sustainable manufacturing may be defined as the creation of manufactured products that use processes that are non-polluting, conserve energy and natural resources, and are economically sound and safe for employees, communities and consumers. Recently, there have been several industrial and governmental endeavors to launch sustainable manufacturing initiatives. To support such initiatives and to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers, academic institutions have a responsibility to introduce educational programs and tools in the area of sustainable manufacturing. The purpose of this paper is to report on the approach, progress and contributions of a US National Science Foundation-sponsored project titled: "The Sustainable Manufacturing Advances in Research and Technology Coordination Network (SMART CN)". Design/methodology/approach: The project aims to bridge the gap between the academic knowledge discovery and industrial technology innovation for sustainable manufacturing. Toward this goal, various research and educational activities have been undertaken to introduce Sustainable Manufacturing Case Studies for use by academic instructors to a diverse group of undergraduate, graduate and industry professionals. Findings: In this paper, the need for education on sustainable manufacturing has been focused upon, followed by approaches toward addressing these needs, concluding with examples of case studies developed through the SMART-CN project framework. Originality/value: This work provides the engineering community with structured modules for introducing the topic of sustainable manufacturing in the curriculum.
Descriptors: Sustainability, Manufacturing, Engineering Education, Networks, Energy Conservation, Program Descriptions, Industry, Technological Advancement, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Case Studies, College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Guidelines, Curriculum
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Grant or Contract Numbers: 1140000