Undergraduate

Climate and Global Change

The goal of this course is to provide a solid introduction to the concept of sustainable growth and development. Sustainability is a broad and somehow necessarily vague concept that can be interpreted in many different ways. Unfortunately, sustainability risks to become one of the many buzzwords. The goal of this class is to provide tools to professionally navigate the current debate on sustainability.

Habitable Planet

The search for life beyond the Earth is reaching new heights. So what are we looking for, and how will we know when we find it? This course will explore the history of the solar system and the Earth as the one example of a habitable planet—one that can support living organisms—that we know now. We will consider how the planets formed, the important planetary processes that brought about the Earth as it was when life arose and the planet we live on today.

Introduction to Environmental Science

Understanding our planet’s environment requires understanding how the whole Earth functions as an interconnected system. This course investigates the four components of the Earth system in detail: the atmosphere, the oceans, the solid Earth, and the biosphere to understand how these processes interact, and then how we, as humans, impact our planet.

Environmental Systems Design

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.

Environmental Policy and Politics

The course will focus on what constitutes effective environmental policy. First, we will analyze the evolution of environmental policy and actors in the environmental arena. Then, we will analyze why environmental policies are needed, discussing the issues of negative externalities and public goods. After that, we will discuss environmental policy instruments for addressing environmental issues at the local, regional, and global levels.

Energy and Environmental Analysis

ISyE 4803 Energy and Environmental Analysis addresses energy and environmental assessment from a systems perspective. Designed for students who have already taken ISyE 3025 (Engineering Economics) and Physics 2211 and 2212 (introductory physics) the course provides an introduction to energy analysis and environmental lifecycle assessment, with application to energy efficiency, renewable energy, resource availability and environmental impacts. The course is open to students from all majors, but ISyE majors have first option.

Global Development Minor Capstone Course

My course encourages students to think about how they might study or design technologies with a focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals objectives, paying special attention to the needs of underserved, under-resourced, and under-represented communities across the world.

GT 1000

Freshmen will start their Georgia Tech experience on the right foot with this GT 1000 first-year seminar which covers topics critical to a first-year student’s success such as oral presentation skills and resume preparation. And, through activities and field trips you will also learn the fundamentals of how to shape and be part of a sustainable community. 

Crossing Borders

In the class, the students will learn about social issues in Germany such as different schools, groups, organizations and political parties as well as political views of groups from different socio-economic backgrounds.

Afterlives of Slavery

Students will analyze contemporary representations of the antebellum past in literature and art, and will develop critical thinking skills by researching the historical context that writers and artists respond to in the current moment. The course is structured around a few key questions: how are contemporary communities shaped by the legacy of US slavery? How do writers and artists reimagine the traumatic past in order to comment on contemporary issues of social and environmental injustice?

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