Engineering and Sustainable Community Development

Engineering and Sustainable Community Development

Juan Lucena, Jen Schneider, Jon A. Leydens
ISBN: 9781608450701 | PDF ISBN: 9781608450718
Copyright © 2010 | 230 Pages | Publication Date: 01/01/2010

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This book, Engineering and Sustainable Community Development, presents an overview of engineering as it relates to humanitarian engineering, service learning engineering, or engineering for community development, often called sustainable community development (SCD). The topics covered include a history of engineers and development, the problems of using industry-based practices when designing for communities, how engineers can prepare to work with communities, and listening in community development. It also includes two case studies -- one of engineers developing a windmill for a community in India, and a second of an engineer "mapping communities" in Honduras to empower people to use water effectively -- and student perspectives and experiences on one curricular model dealing with community development.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Engineers and Development: From Empires to Sustainable Development
Why Design for Industry Will Not Work as Design for Community
Engineering with Community
Listening to Community
ESCD Case Study 1: Sika Dhari's Windmill
ESCD Case Study 2: Building Organizations and Mapping Communities in Honduras
Students' Perspectives on ESCD: A Course Model
Beyond Engineers and Community: A Path Forward

About the Author(s)

Juan Lucena, Colorado School of Mines
Juan Lucena is Associate Professor in the Liberal Arts and International Studies Division (LAIS) at the Colorado School of Mines, where he teaches courses for engineers in the Humanitarian Engineering minor. Juan obtained a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech and a MS in STS and BS in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). He is the author of Defending the Nation: U.S. Policymaking to Create Scientists and Engineers from Sputnik to the "War Against Terrorism" (University Press of America, 2005). He has been principal investigator on research grants related to globalization and engineering, the national and cultural dimensions of engineering, humanitarianism and engineering, and engineering and social justice. Having served in key advising groups in engineering education and policy, he is currently a member of the advisory committee for the Center for Engineering Ethics and Society at the National Academy of Engineering. Juan is co-editor of Engineering Studies, the Journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies

Jen Schneider, Colorado School of Mines
Jen Schneider is Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts and International Studies Division (LAIS) at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where she has taught for seven years. Jen's Ph.D. and M.A. degrees are in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, where her work focused on popular cultural representations of "grotesque bodies" in the postwar era through a study of fiction and film. Since coming to CSM in 2003, Jen has applied ways to apply her education in critical theory and media studies to problems in science, engineering, and engineering education. Her current research interests address how scientists and engineers communicate with the public and media about emerging risks and environmental crises, such as climate change, nanotechnology, and nuclear power. She also analyzes popular media texts such as film to understand how the public, and engineers and scientists, developmental and affective models related to these risks. At CSM, she teaches courses in communication and media studies. A second significant focus of Jen's work has to do with understanding how engineers work to address problems in environment and resources, primarily through projects in engineering, sustainable community development, and social justice. She co-teaches courses in engineering and sustainable community development (ESCD) with Jon, Juan, and others at CSM.

Jon A. Leydens, Colorado School of Mines
Jon A. Leydens is Associate Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts and International Studies (LAIS) at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), where he has served as Writing Program Administrator since 1997. Jon obtained a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on the teaching and learning of writing from Colorado State University (CSU), where he also obtained his MA is in Composition and Rhetoric (English). His dissertation looked at the role of rhetoric in engineering workplaces. Since 1989, Jon has taught at the college level in Europe and the United States. He has served as the chair of the CSM Writing Across the Curriculum Committee since its inception in 1998, and since that year has held summer workshops for science and engineering faculty on writing in the disciplines. In addition to writing across the curriculum, his research interests include teaching, learning, and social justice issues. Besides a graduate course in academic publishing, he also teaches undergraduate courses in proposal writing (a service learning course), rhetoric, and mass media. He is also a co-principal investigator (PI) on a National Science Foundation grant to explore intersections between engineering and social justice as fields of practice. In 2008 and 2009, Jon co-designed and co-taught a seminar in Engineering and Sustainable Community Development.

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