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Sustainable Product Design: Designing for Diversity in Engineering Education

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Sustainable Product Design: Designing for Diversity in
Engineering Education
Lora Oehlberg, Ryan Shelby, Alice Agogino
University of California Berkeley
Current and future engineers will need to address sustainability's triple bottom line,
simultaneously addressing financial, environmental, and social goals. There is also a
need to improve diversity in engineering, both in the communities served by new
technology and the representation of gender and ethnic minorities among engineering
professionals. We present data gathered from "Engineering 10: Introduction to
Engineering Design and Analysis". This freshman course included a six-week
Mechanical Engineering module entitled "Sustainable Human-Centered Design", and
aimed to teach both Human-Centered Design techniques as well as the principles of
Sustainable Design. We investigated these students' experiences, confidence, and goals,
particularly focusing on aspects that are unique to gender and ethnic minorities.
We suggest that enrollment diversity in engineering could be improved by teaching
engineering in a manner that both complements the previous engineering and design
background of all students, as well as emphasizes the learning goals most important to
underrepresented engineering students. We also recommend offering sustainability


Source: Agogino, Alice M. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley


Collections: Engineering