Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community

CEE 315

Course Overview:

Design and testing of solutions to complex interdisciplinary design products in a service learning context with a focus on structural products. Technical design principles; sustainable and engineering best practices; prototype formation, testing and evaluation; and establishment of research and analysis methodologies in a community based research experience. Working in partnership with a community agency (local, national, or international) and participation in an experimental learning process by engineering a design solution for an identified community need. Evaluation focused on design deliverables, fabricated prototypes and a critical reflection of the experimental learning process. 

About the Instructor: 

Dr. David Schaad is a registered professional engineer in twenty-one states, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with specialties in both Hazardous Waste Management/Site Remediation and Water Supply/Wastewater Engineering, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, and a licensed contractor and a qualifier in Building, Highways and Public Utilities in the State of North Carolina.  With an undergraduate degree from Denison University, a Masters from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a doctorate from Duke University, Dr. Schaad began the first stage of his career working for various firms including: Parsons Engineering Science, Marshall Miller and Associates, Appian Consulting Engineers, and AMEC. During that time Dr. Schaad helped lead teams of resourceful and dedicated engineers who tackled a variety of challenging and innovative technical projects (hazardous waste and water/wastewater) for a diverse set of clients including the Norfolk Southern and CSX Railway Companies, the North Carolina and Virginia Departments of Transportation, and North Carolina State University (NCSU), among others.  Learn more here.

VIDEO:  See Professor Schaad in action as he enlists the help of the Duke Blue Devil to demonstrate what happens when force is dispersed over large––and small––areas.


ARTICLE: Read about how Duke alumni Scott Martin landed a job in Durham at a firm that finds companies to invest in big ideas. Now he's working to get a carbon-capture power plant prototype online in Houston - a project that landed him on this year's Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Martin credits his engineering courses at Duke for helping him gain the knowledge required to transform complex problems into improving people's lives.

Duke alumni Scott Martin
"Engineering is ultimately about how you take really difficult problems and distill it down to something human. How do you take a really difficult problem, or science that seems meaningless, and make it something that can have a purposeful solution? Equations and math are part of that, but ultimately engineers are tasked with taking science and making use of it. And often, making use of something means improving life for the people around you."





Engineering Sustainable Design and the Global Community

Crosslisting Numbers: 

ENVIRON 365-60
PUBPOL 211-60
Energy and the Environment
RIGHTS 315-20, 315-60

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