In CEE 3000, we learn about civil engineering systems and how to apply the systems approach and a sustainable engineering approach to planning, design, implementation, operation and renewal of systems. Per the Civil Engineering Code of Ethics, the concept of sustainability is the operating paradigm for making decisions across the life cycle of civil engineered facilities. A primary goal of the course is the expand the way we think about civil infrastructure systems from primarily physical to sociotechnical.
In addressing their sustainability agenda through design and construction, cities are subject to unique challenges, which requires effective exchange of knowledge and subject matter expertise among distributed project teams. At the same time, design and construction projects are dynamic and uncertain, requiring considerable coordination, communication and leadership to execute. Executing such projects in a virtual environment can offer many advantages and facilitate the design efforts. Yet, coordination, communication and leadership become increasingly difficult.
This course is open to all undergraduate Civil and Environmental engineering majors. It will be taught in three parts. In Part I, the course will focus on providing a broad overview of how cities function by examining the various urban systems (e.g., transportation infrastructure, power supply, water distribution, buildings, etc.) and their interdependencies in relation to each other and to human and natural systems. This will be explored in the context of the role urban systems play in understanding and achieving urban sustainability.
Social, Environmental, and Economic Impacts of Megaprojects - Tools, such as life cycle assessment (LCA), were be introduced to the students to study the human ecology of big projects. Megaprojects were analyzed as displacements that follow a socio-natural process. Students learned the methodology to study changes in the surrounding environments of megaprojects from social, environmental, and economic standpoints.
Capstone Design-Environmental Section is an interdisciplinary environmental design experience. The course is offered in parallel with the civil engineering section of the course; CEE students may form teams with mixed CE and EnvE composition; and teams from each program may perform projects in either section. Students form teams of 3 – 5 people, and these teams function as “companies” that provide engineering services under guidance of a sponsor on design project that the team selects.
The course emphasizes the regulatory aspects of environmental analysis as well as analytical techniques employed in environmental impact assessment. The course materials, policy readings, and environmental impact modeling discussions are presented in sufficient detail for students to apply the concepts to a variety of major engineering projects. Because successful civil engineering in today's world depends largely upon mitigating environmental impacts, the course emphasizes the incorporation of environmental considerations into the engineering process
CEE 4395 is a project-oriented course that also includes instruction complementary to the design of environmental systems. Instruction in the course includes the development of schematic drawings and documents required to transmit engineering designs to project stakeholders; use of AutoCAD software; sustainable design concepts; energy efficient design; cost estimating; and working with project stakeholders to achieve design objectives. Student groups produce preliminary design deliverables for two projects in a manner to meet identified design objectives.
The course is intended to introduce students to the interaction between the human and natural environment, focusing on how the anthropogenic activities have altered the natural environment, and provide an overview on the emerging science of sustainability. This course will identify the impacts associated with resource consumption and environmental pollution, and present the quantitative tools necessary for assessing environmental impacts and design for sustainability.