(566f) Creating Socially Minded Engineers through Student-Led Air Pollution Assessments of Local Towns
AIChE Annual Meeting
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:05pm to 5:24pm
For this specific project, a team of undergraduate and graduate students will carry out an air pollution assessment in a local town. This assessment includes (1) estimating pollutant emission amounts and locations, (2) selected monitoring at anticipated hotspots, (3) surveying the impacted community, and (4) compiling existing air pollution data in the area. Students are asked to identify hotspots, assess the current state of air pollution, and provide recommendations for the community moving forward. They share their findings with the partner town via a final report, a brief policy memo, and a presentation to the town (including community members).
This course aims to (1) create more community-minded professionals, (2) provide experience with open-ended problems using incomplete/flawed data, (3) teach communication skills, and (4) train students in handling uncertainty.