Justin Hess is a Ph.D. candidate at Purdue University’s School of Engineering Education and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He received his B.S. in civil engineering in 2011 with a minor in philosophy from Purdue University, where he hopes to complete his M.S. in civil engineering in December 2014. His research focuses on understanding engineers’ core values, dispositions, and worldviews. His dissertation focuses on conceptualizations, the importance of empathy, and methods to teach it to engineering students. He is currently the education director for Engineers for a Sustainable World and an assistant editor of Engineering Studies.
Sarah Brownell is a lecturer in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering's design, development, and manufacturing department. Her research interests center around development of products for developing countries, specifically sanitation design for Haiti.
Alex is the executive director of Engineers for a Sustainable World and has been part of ESW at the national level since 2009. He has driven efforts to improve ESW's educational offerings through national course initiatives as well as through leadership and sustainability skills webinars.
Alex finished his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in civil and environmental engineering in 2013 and was funded through an NSF IGERT fellowship. His research focused on the regional environmental impacts and feasibility of energy- and water-supply scenarios, and combined aspects of life-cycle assessment, policy implications, and the water-energy nexus. He has worked on the Marcellus Shale and spent 4 months in Rio de Janeiro on a research rotation.
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