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Infusing Sustainability Principles into Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Curricula

Abstract: 
Sustainability issues are increasingly important among governments, consumers, and corporations around the world. Many companies are directing their resources to reduce the environmental impact of their products and services. In order to remain competitive in the global economy, these companies must recruit employees who understand the impact of their decisions on the environment and society at the same time influencing its bottom line. It is the mission of universities to prepare these future employees to meet this need. A group of faculty and students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University is working to address this growing demand. This paper assesses the current undergraduate Mechanical Engineering curriculum at Michigan Technological University with regard to sustainability, and identifies barriers to incorporating sustainability throughout the curriculum. A benchmarking study, progress made at Michigan Tech, and a vision for the future of the Mechanical Engineering curriculum are presented.
Author: 
Vishesh Kumar
Institution: 
Michigan Technological University
Year: 
2016
Input By: 
Nicholas Pape
Affiliation: 
MIT
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Industry Focus: 
Other Services
Country: 
United States
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