Bringing Environmental Sustainability to Undergraduate Engineering Education: Experiences in an Inter-Disciplinary Course

Jennifer Aurandt, Kettering University
Terri Lynch-Caris, Kettering University
Andrew S. Borchers, Lipscomb University
Jacqueline El-Sayed, Kettering University
Craig Hoff, Kettering University


This paper chronicles the development of a unique interdisciplinary course in environmentally conscious design at Kettering University, a technologically focused Midwestern university. Funded by the National Science Foundation, a team of six faculty members at Kettering University adapted work done by Ford Motor Company to educate undergraduate STEM students about the subject of environmental sustainability. The authors describe their modular approach and use of active learning techniques in achieving significant learning outcomes for their students. Assessment results demonstrate the course’s impact on student learning and achievement of learning objectives.