Sustainable Design Throughout the Curriculum Using Case Studies

Steve Lambert
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1
E-mail: steve@uwaterloo.ca

Abstract:
Case studies are presented as an option to integrate various thematic concepts such as sustainable design throughout a conventional engineering curriculum. This approach is best with the pervasive and consistent use of cases, which in turn requires a sustainable supply of good quality design cases covering a wide range of engineering topics. A new program at the University of Waterloo is described which is focused on the development and implementation of case studies. A key innovation of this program is that cases are developed primarily from student work term experience, through conversion of work term reports. Waterloo engineering students currently produce approximately 4000 of these work term reports every year, making them a rich source of design case material. The Waterloo Cases in Design Engineering program is presented and discussed, along with early results in the development and implementation of cases.

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