A Strategy For Teaching Sustainability Assessment

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    Abstract

    Educating engineers to be active in sustainable development is by no means a trivial task and the challenge has been pursued by several universities and organisations around the world. At DTU MAN research and teaching is focused on engineering management tools. In the section for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) the research and teaching is embedded in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Management (LCM) tools. Our vision is that all engineers graduating from DTU are taught a basic knowledge about sustainability and the methods and tools to assess the sustainability of their decisions. Our strategy for the teaching address three target groups and follows two routes.  One route provides in-depth education for students aiming to specialise in quantitative sustainability assessment. A variety of courses ranging from production level through company level to society level will be offered.  The second route aims to present concepts of sustainability and potential impacts of the specific technology field as well as methods and tools for specific domains, i.e. nano technology. It is targeted two groups of students at the different technological domains at DTU; those specifically working in innovation and technology development and engineers developing solutions based on existing technologies. The DTU curricula will integrate sustainability assessment in introductory courses at bachelor level, whereas master level courses goes more in detail with the specific sustainability issues for that technology domain and introduces quantitative tools to assess sustainability. The proposed strategy embeds sustainability throughout the engineering curriculum.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education ISEE2010 : Educating Engineers for a changing world
    Publication date2010
    Pages581-588
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    Event3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education ISEE2010 : Educating Engineers for a changing world - University College Cork, Ireland
    Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …
    Conference number: 3

    Conference

    Conference3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education ISEE2010 : Educating Engineers for a changing world
    Number3
    CityUniversity College Cork, Ireland
    Period01/01/2010 → …

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