Sustaining Sustainable Engineering Design Projects

Philip K. Doepker
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio 45469-0210, USA

Experiential learning has been emphasized in the School of Engineering at the University of Dayton for over 25 years. The evolution has gone from individual projects to team projects and from single discipline to multidisciplinary teams. In the last 5 years the percentage of projects related to design for the environment, design of thermal systems and renewable energy systems reached about one- third of the capstone design projects. The purpose of this paper is to share the experiences over these last 5 years. Thus, this submission covers the applied aspects of sustainability in design education. In doing so this paper concentrates on three areas. First, there must be a venue, or a sustainable design landscape, in which sustainable design and development projects can be implemented. Second, it is important that the appropriate resources be available in order to facilitate sustainable design. Finally, there will be a review of the types and scope of these projects and the lessons learned over this time.


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