Sustainable Engineering Education

ESW collegiate chapters at world-class institutions are shaping engineering education for future generations of students. Through the dedicated efforts of our faculty and student members, ESW is integrating sustainability, international awareness, and community development into the engineering curriculum across the country. Our chapters have initiated sustainability courses at many campuses, including Cornell, Northwestern, Stanford, The University of Iowa and more. At the national level, our skills webinars and national course initiatives help share knowledge and make novel approaches to education available to any school or individual.

As an introduction, you might have a look at what sustainability means to us.

National Initiatives

WPSI - Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative

Our latest initiative, founded in October 2012, are the Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative courses. This program is creating linked classes at multiple universities around a shared core syllabus, with the intent of giving students a chance to wrestle with some of the complex and unstructured problems they will be faced with in their careers. Each Fall, the entire group focuses on a particular annual problem - chosen by the community in the spring. Connecting different schools are online course content and mentorship from professionals in fields relevant to that annual problem. We're in our 2nd year during the Fall of 2014, and you can read more about WPSI here, or contact Justin Hess at technology@eswusa.org.

 

Chapter Initiatives

New courses at the undergraduate and graduate level integrate community development, ethics, and engineering design. Courses often include a laboratory, or project component, enabling students to gain critical hands-on experience. For more information on creating an ESW course, contact us.

Integration of community development into senior and graduate-level design. Existing courses are being shaped to address global development challenges. ESW serves as a clearinghouse for educational resources, project partners, and funding opportunities.