Enabling sustainable thinking in undergraduate engineering education

Deborah N. Huntzinger, Margot J. Hutchins, John S. Gierke, John W. Sutherland

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In this paper we address the need for curricular changes that foster sustainable thinking and review a number of engineering curricular changes at selected universities, drawing comparisons to medical and other fields. For each engineering program, we examined the level at which sustainability concepts and active-learning methods were integrated into its curricula. A majority of the universities examined "bolted-on" various components of sustainability or student-centered learning into their existing programs. Only one university examined has made significant efforts to redesign engineering education in terms of sustainability and pedagogy. A number of barriers hindering the re-orientation of engineering curricula toward "sustainable" engineering are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-230
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007


  • Intellectual development
  • Problem-based learning
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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