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U206·SUNDAY WORKSHOP: Applications of the Envision Rating System in Engineering Courses and Curricula
Workshop · Civil Engineering Division
Sun. June 24, 2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room 150 F, Convention Center - Salt Palace
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Envision is a rating system administered by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) that provides a holistic framework for evaluating and rating the community, environmental, and economic life cycle impacts and benefits of all types and sizes of infrastructure projects. This framework is an exceptional resource for incorporating sustainability into engineering design projects. This workshop, created in conjunction with the Formal Engineering Education Committee of ASCE, will provide concrete examples of how Envision can be used as a teaching tool throughout civil and environmental curricula, with implications and suggestions for use in other engineering disciplines. Methods of introducing the broad topic of sustainable engineering early in the curriculum will be included.

  1. Dr. Cliff I. Davidson

    Syracuse University

    Cliff I. Davidson is the Thomas and Colleen Wilmot Professor of Engineering at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, where he is Director of the Environmental Engineering program. He currently holds appointments in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering Science from California Institute of Technology. Following his PhD, he joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy where he served for 33 years. He joined Syracuse University in 2010. Davidson has written and edited a number of books and has over 100 articles in refereed journals on topics ranging from air quality and aerosol mechanics to urban sustainability and engineering education. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Engineering, a partnership among several universities led by Syracuse University. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Association for Aerosol Research, and Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

  2. Dr. Malay Ghose Hajra P.E.

    University of New Orleans

    Malay Ghose Hajra is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana. Dr. Ghose-Hajra received his doctoral degree from Kansas State University in 2001. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states including Louisiana. Prior to joining the University, he had worked as a Senior Engineer with multiple firms in Louisiana and Texas, including Soil and Foundation Engineering and Consulting, LLC. Dr. Ghose-Hajra is the President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Louisiana Section, and the Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Committee on Student Members (CSM). He was the past chair of the Academic Committee for the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI). At the University of New Orleans, Dr. Ghose-Hajra teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering as well as Sustainability Principles for Engineers at the University of New Orleans. His research interests include Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering, Coastal Geotechnology, Energy Geotechnology, and Geo-environmental Engineering.

  3. Dr. Yvette E. Pearson P.E.

    Rice University

    Yvette E. Pearson, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE (formerly Yvette Pearson Weatherton) is Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. She serves as Chair of ASCE's Formal Engineering Education Committee, which is a subcommittee of the Committee on Sustainability, as Vice Chair of ASCE's Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and represents ASCE as a Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. With over twenty years of experience in engineering education, Dr. Pearson has provided leadership in efforts to infuse principles of sustainability throughout civil and other engineering curricula. She has authored/co-authored numerous papers on sustainability in engineering education, and was a contributing author to the Linton Atlantic book Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Dr. Pearson holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Chemistry from Southern University and A&M College and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from the University of New Orleans. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana, a former Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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