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Sustainability as a Lens for Traditional Material Science Curriculums

  • Gabrielle GaustadEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


The theoretical and methodological foundations of the sciences and technologies are essential to the removal of barriers to achieving sustainable systems. The teachings of these concepts still lie in traditional academic disciplines such as engineering, science, and mathematics. This structure can often manifest significant barriers to progress in tackling challenging sustainability issues due to an absence of a multifaceted, interdisciplinary, systems approach. This work will explore approaches for using current sustainability issues and problems to introduce both systems thinking and traditional material science discipline specific learning objectives to the classroom. Specific examples will be illustrated for a diverse set of courses and curriculum. Results show such an approach can improve recruitment and retention results in addition to improved teaching outcomes.


Pedagogy Engineering Education ABET 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Inamori School of EngineeringAlfred UniversityAlfredUSA

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