International Conference on Engineering Education for Sustainable Development (EESD) (7th : 2015)

Use of steep framework as basis for sustainable engineering education Schmidt, Karl; Lee, Ross; Lorenz, William; Singh, Pritpal; McGrail, Michael


Understanding the dynamic and complex nature of sustainability requires a healthy appreciation for the intersection of global trends with environmental, economic and social aspects. When coupled with technology and political issues, a more thorough analysis of interdependent sustainable engineering challenges and opportunities is possible. This paper discusses the Graduate Sustainable Engineering program at Villanova University with specific focus on use of the STEEP Framework. This unique interdisciplinary program employs a whole systems approach to problem solving through a life cycle lens using engineering principles. After a brief overview of the core curriculum, the STEEP learning aspects and outcomes are described, as well as the methodology employed and a brief case study highlighting use of the framework.

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