A Collective-Learning Approach to Sustainable Design Education

Gaurav Ameta
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Mail Stop 642920, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-2920, USA
E-mail: gameta@wsu.edu

Jitesh H. Panchal
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Mail Stop 642920, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-2920, USA
E-mail: panchal@wsu.edu

Charles Pezeshki
School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Mail Stop 642920, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-2920, USA
E-mail: pezeshki@wsu.edu

Abstract:
This paper discusses our attempts at implementing a collective-learning approach to sustainable design education in the Systems Design course (sophomore/junior level) at Washington State University. The project involves designing a sustainable airplane by different group of students working on different aspects of the airplane. These sub-systems are developed so that from requirements identification to preliminary design each sub-system group can interact with each other creating a virtual-enterprise within the classroom. Sustainability aspects are currently limited to identifying recycling information and creating a Bill of Material for RoHS (Restriction on Use of Hazardous Substances) certification.

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