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AEESP Conference 2019

Full day workshops

Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Increasing Diversity and Community Participation to Achieve Environmental and Social Justice, Contacts: Lupita Montoya, University of Colorado Boulder and Matthew Verbyla, San Diego State University

This day workshop will be divided into two sections. In the morning section, we will cover 3 main issues, followed by a discussion on each: 1) data on inclusion of traditionally underrepresented minority students, faculty and professionals in Environmental Engineering; 2) present environmental challenges that require greater diversity of Environmental engineers to reach sustainable solutions and 3) strategies that explore curriculum and research on Ethics in Engineering and Environmental Justice as avenues to bring more ethnic diversity into Environmental Engineering. An additional dimension in these discussions will be the lack of recognition and rewards for Environmental faculty and professionals who focus on “Environmental Justice” issues in the classroom, research and practice. Not recognizing the contributions of women and faculty of color who incorporate social justice and ethical issues in curriculum and research will further limit diversity in Environmental Engineering. The afternoon section will focus on contextualizing convergence research and community-based participatory research by describing case studies that demonstrate areas where these approaches strengthen environmental engineering solutions. In particular, we will highlight how these approaches can (1) broaden participation in STEM, (2) engage diverse communities of stakeholders in engineering design, (3) develop meaningful interactions between local, municipal, and national decision makers, and (4) reframe global environmental challenges by including grassroots perspectives. This will be a team-taught workshop and will be highly participatory. The case studies will include multiple areas of research in Environmental Engineering as well as efforts in related fields that use environmental research methods to reach meaningful solutions.

Environmental Engineering Program Leaders Workshop, Contacts: Maria Chrysochoou, University of Connecticut and Joel Burken, Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Environmental Engineering Program Leaders Workshop is the annual meeting of faculty who lead undergraduate and graduate environmental engineering programs or civil engineering programs with an environmental concentration. Topics include accreditation, teaching initiatives, responding to changing landscape of the discipline. The proposed agenda includes: (1) Innovation in environmental engineering education; (2) Accreditation update, including novel assessment stories from the field; (3) Update from AAEES/AEESP members on the BOK; (4) Perspectives from a higher level – panel of deans from environmental engineering programs; (4) Future trends and challenges in research frontiers and funding – NSF and NIEHS Program Directors (5) Communicating the importance of the discipline; (6) Topics from attendees, such as Survey Monkey done ahead to all EEPL leader to capture topics of interest broadly; (7) Networking with experienced leaders – small roundtable Q&A.